CCS sees growing illness absences

    An estimated 11% of the students at Chase County Schools were not in class on Monday.
    While that represented more than 60 students, most of it due to illnesses, it’s not quite as bad as some other area schools have been hit.
    School Nurse Angie Paisley said she’s seen students with gastroenteritis, upper respiratory infections and influenza.
    She believes last Thursday and Friday had been the biggest days for absences, but this week was just starting.
    The Chase County Clinic is seeing a lot of the same, said Kay Schmidt, infection prevention nurse.
    While influenza is not what she’d call rampant, they did 15 tests last week. Four were positive with both influenza A and B confirmed, she said.
    “A lot of those we have seen with the symptoms and others confirmed have not had the flu shot,” she said.
    She thinks the flu season could last until May.
    “So, yes, the flu shot is still effective,” she said.

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