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Flu Impacts Local Families

By Erica Williams
By ewilliams@wbbjtv.com

MEDINA, Tenn - The recent flu outbreaks in West Tennessee schools are not only affecting students who are sick, but their families as well.

Medina Middle School in Gibson County is seeing a spike in flu cases this year. So far more than 80 kids are out of school due to illnesses. Brandon Karnes, Assistant Principal at Medina Middle, advises parents to be careful.

"We have instructed parents to keep their child at home if they have flu-like symptoms," said Karnes.

Nurses at Medina Family Practice say they've seen an increase of parents bringing in children with flu-like symptoms. Many local families are affected by the virus.

"It's going to hurt a lot of families, especially around Christmas," said Patty Hoy who picked up her grandchildren from school due to the flu. "This flu stuff came too fast."

School officials and nurses are urging parents to keep children at home as soon as flu-like symptoms are present.