Prepare against flu with vaccine: Cases surfacing early in South

Local health officials aren’t seeing much of the flu here yet, but that could change quickly as five southern states have reported higher-than normal cases of the illness weeks earlier than expected.

Dr. Kenneth Bobb, Jackson County health officer, said Tuesday it’s too early to tell if this will be a bad flu season, but people should take precautions as if it will be.

“We should always be on guard that it could be because it’s too late once it gets here,” he said.

Sherry Reinhart, nurse for Seymour Community Schools, said she is keeping her fingers crossed that influenza doesn’t keep too many students and teachers home sick this winter.

“Right now, I don’t feel like we are seeing that,” she said. “I haven’t seen a big influx of flu this year, so that’s great.”

But that doesn’t mean schools aren’t taking the flu threat seriously, she said.

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