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Flu absenteeism declines in SW Georgia

By Tayleigh Davis - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -  The number of kids missing school because of swine flu is going up around the country, but it's actually decreasing in our area.  

 The latest government survey shows 20% of American children had a flu-like illness this month.  The absentee rate at one Dougherty County reached 10% last month because of H1-N1 illnesses.

School officials say the numbers are decreasing this month because H1-N1 hit Georgia earlier than most of the rest of the country. 

"This month we're achieving about a normal absentee rate for all of our schools but we're expecting to have more impact for regular flu season and from continuing H1-N1," said R. D. Harter of the Dougherty County Schools.

 Doctors say H1-N1 is unpredictable, and we could be hit by another wave of the flu.


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