Sickness in schools

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ALBERT LEA, Minn. —  ‘Tis the season for kids to be in class and to be sick.

Last year, many area schools fought tough battles with the influenza virus.

This year, health experts are stressing that anyone over six months of age should be getting the flu vaccine.

But not all preventative measures work, so school leaders say they have specific procedures in place to help when sickness does strike.

“We always do keep track,” Licensed School Nurse Carol Bosma said. “We do have influenza like reporting forms that if we meet certain criteria, then we report to the state on that. But, otherwise we aren’t seeing any outbreaks right now.”

To help, she says they encourage kids to wash their hands, and cover their cough to prevent the spreading of germs.

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