Burns Flat-Dill City School News

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Larry R. Johnson - BF/DC

The month of February is upon us. This month is when we generally see a spike in absenteeism at school due to illness. The news of flu in Oklahoma this winter has been staggering. The number of deaths associated with the flu virus has risen dramatically within the past week. Experts say that 417 people had to be hospitalized within the last week due to the flu virus, bringing the total number of hospitalizations to 1,597 in our state. During one day last week, BF-DC Schools had 11 teachers and 38 students out sick district-wide.

According to the “Oklahoman”, the strain of flu going around is the H3-strain, which makes this year’s flu shot only 30-40 percent effective. Despite those numbers, experts still suggest getting the vaccine, adding that it lessens the symptoms and prevents serious complications from occurring. Doctors say a typical flu season in Oklahoma usually runs from October to May.

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