Flu season is here and schools are feeling the effects.
Two public school districts and one private school in northern mississippi, are closed because of an increase in flu cases.
The north tippah school district and the south tippah school district, canceled classes because of the illness.
Tupelo christian preparatory school was also closed.
The tippah school districts reported nearly 350 students were absent thursday.
North tippah school district superintendent bill brand, said closing the school would allow staff to clean each classroom thoroughly, to help remove the germs that cause influenza.
Across state lines-- the lamar county school district is closed today after reports of the students getting sick across the county.
As of tuesday, about 12% of the school district's students were absent.
Quentin smith will have more from lamar county tonight on wcbi news.
This map from the centers for disease control shows widespread flu activity in mississippi and alabama.
The cdc reports 13 to 15 million people in the u.s. have been diagnosed this flu season.
About half of those patients went to a doctor, and more than 155 thousand were hospitalized.
The flu is especially dangerous for infants, the elderly and those with pre- existing conditions.
Dr. william davis in vernon tells us many of his patients were diagnosed with influenza a.
There is a difference between a cold and the flu.
Symptoms the mississippi state department of health says people with the flu often have a high fever for days, along with head and body aches.
Patients also have to deal with extreme exhaustion and sever coughing.
See your doctor for treatment options.