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Flu shuts down Rocky Mount Christian school

Posted December 7, 2012

— A Rocky Mount school was closed Friday due to a high number of illnesses among students and staff.

According to its website, Faith Christian Academy, a pre-K through 12 private school, is dealing with an "extremely high number of confirmed illnesses," including strep throat, mononucleosis, colds, flu and pneumonia.

About 20 percent of the school's 400 students have had to call out sick within the last week, the school's headmaster, Edward Bunn, said.

"It was a common-sense decision," Bunn said. "We wanted to focus on the health of our students and our faculty and staff."

Over the unexpected three-day weekend, the school plans to spray all buildings with disinfectant.

"We felt it was more important to focus on the health in preparation for the academics coming up in another week with our midterm exams," Bunn said.

Dr. Daniel Minior, with Nash General Hospital, said shutting the school was a good move.

"All of these viral illnesses spread very easy from person to person, so isolation is definitely a good idea in the setting of a pandemic," Minior said.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services says health care providers are seeing an early increase in flu-like illnesses.

Flu usually peaks in midwinter.

Symptoms can include fever, cough, runny nose, head and body aches and fatigue. Some people also suffer vomiting and diarrhea, and some develop pneumonia or other severe complications.

The best ways to help prevent the virus are flu shots for anyone over 6 months old, especially people at high risk of complications, including pregnant women, people with chronic diseases, very young children and the elderly.


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  • Made In USA Dec 7, 2012

    With Christmas and family gatherings on the horizon, we might be in for one really terrible flu season since the viruses are already so active. Schools and workplaces will be the playing fields after the New Year.

  • qrbyrd Dec 7, 2012

    Talked to someone the other day he said the nurses where he works will not take the flu shot.

  • AtALost Dec 7, 2012

    "its simple...wash your hands..."

    Actually, wash your hands AND stay home when you're sick. Germs can also be transmitted in the air from coughing on and around you. Covering your cough helps, but many don't even seem to do that.

  • atheistswillrule Dec 7, 2012

    I'll be praying for y'all.

  • McLovin Dec 7, 2012

    its simple...wash your hands...

  • amdriver12 Dec 7, 2012

    File this under: Vaccinate you and your dern kids!

  • jcthai Dec 7, 2012

    Sigh, what do you want to bet a significant number of these parents wouldn't let their children have the flu shot? They choose to ignore the science and listen to the uninformed parents who just KNOW that THEIR child had something really BAD happen due to the flu shot.

  • Desiderata Dec 7, 2012

    How many of you have seen people /kids that are doing ok, then get the flu/superimposed pneumonia and then , because their immune system is compromised, septic? I have and it is scary and sad to watch these individual litterly fighting for their lives, and some do not make it. A flu shot and proper handwashing , among other controls ( sick, stay HOME) can actually save lives. BUT, there is the human fact, everyone thinks they are invincible, sorry but ignorance is overwhelming in the world we live in. SAD!

  • pediatrician Dec 7, 2012

    there are 80-160 CASES (not deaths from) of GBS yearly reported that may or may not have been linked to vaccination status according to the CDC.gov website.
    in 2009 there were 282 pediatric DEATHS from h1n1.

  • pediatrician Dec 7, 2012

    compare the yearly death rates from flu virus to the yearly death rates from rare vaccine complications. not even close.
    but each is entitled to their own opinion. hope you fare well this year.