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Schools on Guard as Flu Deaths Rise


The Wall Street Journal
By Stephanie Armour

Forty-three states saw widespread flu activity in the week that ended Dec. 27, up from 36 states the week before, the CDC said. Hospitalizations for the flu are occurring at a higher rate than during the same week last year, the agency said.

One concern is that this year’s vaccine may not fully protect against the virus that is currently dominant. And some patients say they are having a hard time obtaining the most common antiviral drug, Tamiflu, because of spot shortages.

New York City for the first time required young children to obtain a flu shot by Dec. 31 to attend city-licensed day-care centers and preschools.

In an attempt to prevent the flu’s spread, the West Virginia Department of Education joined with the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources in asking students in the state to sign a pledge promising to wash their hands and cover their mouths when they cough.

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