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So far, La Crosse schools avoid flu

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW)-- Flu season is hitting hard around the country, and according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, flu cases are up this season by at least 50 percent.

The classroom can be a breeding ground for germs and illness, but so far the La Crosse School District has not been seen an influx of influenza.

"It's surprising at this point in time since areas around us have high incidents of influenza cases," said Carla Beneke, the coordinator of nursing for La Crosse Schools. "In some of the schools they've noticed a slight increase in respiratory illnesses and in some schools we haven't noticed any pattern that isn't normal for school illnesses."

In fact only a few schools in the district report confirmed cases of the flu, and they all appear to be isolated incidents.

"In the schools, we're really proactive, we encourage hand washing, coughing, blocking their cough, such as coughing in to their elbow and if a child is ill, we encourage the parent to keep them home," Beneke said.

Symptoms for parents to watch for include fever, coughing, running nose and aches and pains. And just because schools avoided an outbreak so far flu season is far from over.

"I doubt as if we're out of the woods yet," Beneke cautioned. "So just being vigilant, taking care of ourselves, preventing the spread of germs, its a good thing to do."

Beneke says if you haven't already had a flu shot, there's still time to get vaccinated.

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