Flu Update

Feb 3, 2012 11:59 AM

Eastern Kentucky Counties Shut Schools Because Of Flu

JACKSON, Ky. (AP) - Students in two eastern Kentucky counties have given students flu days - calling off classes in hopes of stopping the spread of the illness.

School administrators in Breathitt and Wolfe counties made the decision to keep students home Thursday and Friday in 11 schools after consulting with doctors.

Wolfe County School Superintendent Kenny Bell said that more students were being diagnosed with the flu as the week went on, prompting the decision.

Burley Hudson, who directs federal programs for the Breathitt County schools, says the two days off will allow faculty, staff and students to get well and the buildings to be sanitized before everyone returns Monday.

Doctors in the area say closing school is the surest way of preventing the illness from spreading.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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