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The Rhode Island Department of Health says the flu is now widespread in the state
There is a sharp increase ( 1.5% to 3.16% in the state) especially in the Washington County region followed by the Kent County region.
Washington county rates spiked in one week from 1.72 to 5.69%.
Strain A is the predominate strain being reported and hospitalization rates have doubled from last week as well.
The 65 and older population is being hit hardest followed by the 50 to 64 year old group.
Statewide there have been 2 influenza –associated deaths as of 1/10/18.
Some public schools are reporting an increase in absenteeism from last week (4.0% to 11%).
If your child gets sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that your child get medical attention and stay home for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone except to get medical care. The fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine before returning to school. Please see the below link for more information.
Please call the School Nurse with any questions.