Officials with the Sunnyvale Independent School District in Dallas County announced the cancellation of classes for Tuesday and Wednesday after seeing increased numbers of students and staff members exhibiting flu-like symptoms.
Sunnyvale Elementary has seen an increase in the number of confirmed cases of influenza, as has Sunnyvale Middle School and Sunnyvale High School. As the number of confirmed cases of influenza grows, it is important to increase health and safety protocols for each campus, including disinfection of all buses and spaces.
Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported an overall slight increase in flu activity in the country with H3N2 influenza A being the predominant strain seen.
In addition, several flu activity indicators were higher than is typically seen for this time of year.
In Dallas County, health officials report increasing influenza activity. In addition, 283 people were hospitalized because of the flu between September and Dec. 2, with 82 hospitalizations seen in the most recent week alone.
Influenza is an illness that is spread when respiratory droplets land on surfaces that are touched by others.
Symptoms of the flu can vary in severity. People who have been infected with the virus report fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headaches chills and fatigue. Some people also report vomiting and diarrhea.
Milder cases won’t usually require medical attention. Severe infections can require hospitalizations and cause death.