DELAWARE COUNTY, Okla. - Another Oklahoma school district has closed down for flu after a spike in student call-outs.
Jay superintendent Charles Thomas said around 15 percent of the district was absent Thursday, forcing the school to cancel Friday classes.
According to the Oklahoma State Department of Health, a total of 17 people have died from the flu this season, and as of Jan. 29 the state has seen 722 flu-related hospitalizations.
Vaccines are being encouraged for everyone, including pregnant women, the elderly and people with underlying health issues. The vaccine is available for anyone 6 months old or older.
Flu symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue.
For tips on how to avoid the flu and other flu-related news, visit www.kjrh.com/flu .