Over 300 cases of the Flu reported in Louisiana this fall

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One local school cancels classes due to the flu

Hundreds of flu cases in Louisiana have health experts urging us all to get a flu shot.

Kennedi Walker explains how nearly two dozen students with the flu forced a school to temporarily close its doors. 

The Brighton School in Baton Rouge had to cancel classes after over 20 students contracted the flu.

“We can’t have school going on with that many students that are sick,” school principal, Kenneth Henderson, said. 

According to the department of health, in Louisiana around 50 to 70 cases of the flu were reported each week in the month of September.

Overall, over 300 cases were reported in the month and the numbers are constantly rising.

“It was very unusual for it to hit this early and this hard,” Henderson said.  

Henderson went on to say he felt he had no choice but to cancel classes after the illness was spreading around the school like wildfire. 

“The custodial staff did a complete wipe down of every hard surface and every water fountain. We even cleaned the carpets,” he said. 

Now that school in session he says he’s confident the illness has left the school and says students are eager to get back to work. 

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