Flu Cases Continue To Spike, Schools Shut Down

Posted at 5:09 PM, Jan 08, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-08 17:27:19-05

West Michigan –Flu cases continue to spike, causing schools to shut down.

Two local schools are keeping children home during this rampant flu season.

Lake Michigan Academy in Kent County closed at 4:00 p.m., Tuesday due to illness.

Palo Community Schools in Ionia have also closed. They tell FOX 17 News that they have a lot of flu cases but other illnesses that are passing through the school.

The flu season came early this year and is hitting hard. The KCHD said that flu season typically peaks in February/March, but this year, cases have arrived several weeks early.

The Kent County Health Department is working with pharmacies to keep stock full of flu medication.

“Some pharmacies are reporting to us that they are currently low on dosages of prescription flu medication, mostly the liquid doses for children,” said Cathy Raevsky, Administrative Health Officer for the KCHD.

The confirmed number of flu cases for Kent County this season is 463.

Here are the numbers of confirmed flu cases for the following counties:

Kalamazoo, 50.

Muskegon, 153.

Calhoun, 11.

Allegan, 29.

Ottawa, 20.