The holiday break is over just in time for kids to go back to school and catch the flu.
Georgia is listed under “widespread” according the Centers for Disease Control flu map.
“If you look at the charts that the (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) put out on their website, it clearly has gone above that threshold. So we are into what would classically be described as a flu epidemic,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Thursday.”
“The latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention flu advisory report, which covers the week of December 23 to 29, suggests that 41 states have widespread influenza activity, which was an increase of 31 states from the previous week. The CDC will issue an update on the flu situation Friday.”
“There have so far been 2,257 hospitalizations associated with laboratory-confirmed flu virus, the CDC report said. Among children, there have been 18 deaths reported during this season. Various state agencies also are compiling statistics on flu-related deaths.”
Here’s the bad news: this is only about week five in a 12-week flu season, according to the CNN story.
Philly.com had a story about apps for your smart phones that help you track the spread of flu. But I wanted to hear what you guys are seeing at your schools – Where is it the worst? Is your school infected? Are bunches of kids out? What about teachers? Are parents being good about keeping them out or are they sending them sick?