MONSON, Mass. (WWLP) – A warning for folks, as widespread flu exercise makes a direct affect proper right here in western Massachusetts.
It’s being felt arduous by many Monson Public Faculty college students, particularly college students at the highschool degree.
Superintendent Cheryl Clarke instructed 22Information, “By Friday we had 85 college students out within the morning after which a number of extra went residence throughout the day.”
Desks and doorknobs had been wiped down and disinfected at Monson Excessive Faculty this previous weekend, following a flu outbreak among the many pupil physique. Final Friday, almost 100 college students had been out sick with the doubtless lethal viral an infection.
Clarke instructed 22Information, “By at this time we had been all the way down to 60 college students out so it’s positively taking place from the excessive on Friday.”
She stated that the flu instances are delicate at their early childhood heart and elementary college. However the highschool is seeing quite a lot of absences.
The State Division of Public Well being studies that flu-like sickness exercise is now thought-about excessive, and is urging individuals to assist stop this sickness from spreading.
Clarke defined, “The Division of Public Well being suggested that we simply remind our college students to scrub their fingers and canopy their mouths once they cough, and simply the overall pointers. And once they contact households to remind them as nicely.”
The well being companies web page on the Monson Public Faculties web site additionally contains info for college students and fogeys concerning the flu and when college students ought to keep residence.
The CDC is reporting that roughly 9.7 million individuals have had the flu up to now this season nationwide.