Schools educate students and families of flu amid dangerous flu season

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - More than 50 children have died because of flu-related illnesses this flu season. Schools in the area are fighting the flu by educating students and families.

Fairplains Elementary School in Parkersburg, which has more than 200 students, uses interactive lessons to teach its students about the flu. They're shown when to wash their hands, taught to cover their months, and are encouraged to stay home if they're sick. Special handouts are also sent home to parents. The school nurse hopes educating students will help keep them healthy.

"A healthy child is a child that can learn well and will be in school and not only will they stay germ free but they'll be here participating with their friends and getting good meals," Cathy Menarchek, the school nurse, said.

She said there's only been a few cases of students with flu-like symptoms at the school.

A representative from Wood County Schools said nurses in schools across the county are monitoring the flu situation daily and making sure their respective schools are prepared each day.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends anyone 6 months and older get a flu shot.

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