Schools mostly dodging the flu

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by JAKE WHITTENBERG / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on January 18, 2013 at 8:12 AM

Updated Friday, Jan 18 at 10:38 AM

While local health officials report the flu season is nearing its peak, they are surprised by how little schools appear to be affected.

Of the major school districts in the Puget Sound area, none are reporting a high number of absenteeism compared to previous years. In Everett, one school did reach 10 percent absenteeism, triggering notification to the Snohomish Health District.

“What that may mean is that the kids are either getting very mild cases of the flu or not many of them are getting it at all,” said Dr. Gary Goldbaum, Director with the Snohomish Health District. “It may be that this is really being spread among the adults.”

Goldbaum said families may have learned their lesson during the Swine Flu scare in 2009.

Still, the Washington state Department of Health reports Flu activity is widespread across the state. Data suggests that this flu season is more severe than the previous two seasons.

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