ALBANY, GA (WALB) - According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, flu activity remains high in Georgia, and cases are increasing throughout South Georgia.
Dougherty County Schools System officials said that they are even feeling the effects of the virus in schools.
“So we have seen a bit of a spike of flu cases in our district. Last week, we had 44 confirmed cases which is fairly typical for this time of year but again, it gives us the opportunity to alert the families," said J.D. Sumner, Dougherty County Schools Spokesperson.
The schools system is asking parents to work with them to minimize the effects of the flu.
“Schools are places where lots of children congregate in tight spaces together so it’s the perfect breeding ground for any kind of communicable disease or virus of bacteria," said Sumner.
They are asking parents to keep their children at home if they show any of the signs of the virus.
“If your child has a fever of over 101, if they are fatigued and just showing general signs of not feeling well, keep them home," said Sumner. "That’s the position of the district. That’s the position of the board of health. We don’t want them to spread it to other children but also we want them to get the medical care they need.”
He shared that now it is even more important for families that have children in school to be aware and to teach safe practices like washing hands.
“Promote hand washing for their students. Get them in the habit of doing it every time they go to the restroom, every time they come in contact with people. Do it frequently throughout the day,” said Sumner.
One parent in the area said there’s always the risk of contracting the virus.
“Well, I don’t want to say worried. There’s always any type of potential with flu season or without flu season that someone could come home, not feeling their best," said Jawahn Ware.
Ware said that she agrees with the school system that students should be kept at home if they are sick.
“You can make your child become sicker by taking them out in the elements and you can cause another parent, who also has child care issues to face that same dilemma,” said Ware.
For more information on how you can keep your family and your community safe, contact your local health department.