Weakley County Schools impacted by flu epidemic; sickness reported at state and national levels
By David Fisher
This year’s flu epidemic is blamed for widespread sickness and death in adults and children. It has also caused numerous student absences, and in some cases, school closings.
A contributing factor to the spread of the illness has been the ineffectiveness of this year’s flu vaccine.
A look at the number of individuals affected by the flu at the local, state and national levels will provide a better understanding of the impact the disease has had during this flu season.
Fortunately, Weakley County was not as hard hit as many school systems statewide, and so far, remains open.
According to Marvin Flatt, Supervisor of Career Technical Education and Attendance, as of Friday, February 16, out of a total of 4,215 students in Weakley County, 504 of them were absent. This amounts to a system wide absentee rate of 12 percent.
(See compete story in Feb. 21st issue of the Dresden Enterprise.)