WV Health and Education Leaders Teaming Up To Fight Flu
By Kera J. Mashek
Forty-three states are now experiencing very high flu activity. Already this season, 15 children have died from the virus. And as students across the state head back to school this week, the state's top health and education leaders are teaming up, hoping to stop its spread.
On the first day back from winter break, a group of students at Mary C. Snow West Side Elementary in Charleston are brushing up on their reading with books about how to avoid getting sick. And they got a visit from the state DHHR, Bureau of Public Health, and state school superintendent. The team knows now is the time to act to prevent the spread of the flu.
"We do expect flu numbers to be inreasing. So what we want to do is temper it down as much as we can by increasing awareness," said < Dr. Rahul Gupta, WV State Health Officer & Commissioner of Public Health.
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