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Local schools take precautions against flu outbreak

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It's one of the earliest and worst flu seasons we've seen in years. People have already been infected in 41 states, including Illinois and Iowa where the CDC is classifying the flu as "widespread."

More than 2,200 people have been hospitalized since the start of flu season and 18 children have died because of complications related to the virus.

And, with schools now back from Christmas break, your child could be at risk.

Quincy Public School officials say they are taking precautions as we head into the peak of flu season.

"We do have some signs saying cover your cough, wash your hands," said Jeannie Martin, Director of Nursing for QPS.

Martin says with school now back in session they are reminding students to take precautions against the flu.

"Try to educate the kids on number one, always washing their hands."

Even with the constant reminders, Martin says they did see a couple of cases before Christmas break.

"We saw a few kids that had upper respiratory symptoms but, not an unusual number."

However, health officials say nationwide, the number of flu cases hasn't even peaked yet.

"I think typically January and February are usually the highest months for influenza."

Lauren Mehaffy, Senior at Quincy High School says she had the flu two times in the past year.

"Your whole body was aching, and getting sick and the fever and headache and just not fun," Mehaffy said.

According to a new study done by "Flu Near You," the most reported symptoms of flu cases are cough, sore throat and fatigue.

Something Lauren says, she doesn't want to experience again. "I definitely take vitamins a lot to build up my immune system, and wash my hands and Germ-X all the time."

A pro-active approach for fighting this virus that has and will continue to keep many of us down for the count.

"I don't look forward to having it ever again," said Mehaffy.

The Adams County Health Department is still offering vaccines during their clinic times Mondays and Wednesdays. Click http://www.co.adams.il.us/health/  for more information.

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