Local schools reporting spike in absences due to flu

BRAZOS COUNTY, Tex. (KBTX)- Local schools are reporting a spike in absences and the flu is being blamed.

Even with the warmer temperatures, the Brazos County Health Department says we are still in the middle of the typical flu season.

"The Health Department watches for this in our local schools and we've seen a lot of absences these past couple days, more than we typically see at schools and in the workplace," said Brazos County Alternate Health Authority Dr. Seth Sullivan of Baylor Scott & White Health.

For the week of January 21, there were 89 reported cases to the Brazos County Health Department including influenza-like illnesses.

There were 54 cases in the following week.

Individuals are encouraged to take the following precautions to prevent the spread of flu:

· Get your flu shot. Everyone 6 months of age and older is encouraged to get a flu shot.

· Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing

· Wash your hands

· Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth

· Avoid close contact with people who are already sick

· If you get sick, stay home

· If you feel sick, call your doctor

For more information, visit www.brazoshealth.org or call 979-361-4440.