The dreaded flu season is in full swing and it’s wreaking havoc on some school districts across Texas. And while some students and faculty are out sick with flulike symptoms locally, the numbers haven’t been critical enough to cancel school.

“Our attendance is down, but not in the danger zone yet,” said SISD Superintendent Matt Underwood.

The school district is continuing to focus its effort on cleaning and disinfecting the classrooms, a routine they stay with consistently throughout the school year to prevent the spread of illness.  

Local physician Dr. Kelly Doggett says he has seen an increased number of patients testing positive for the flu at his family practice office.

“We are in peak flu season and seeing many cases of influenza in all of our Affordacare Urgent Care Clinics in Stephenville, Abilene, Big Spring and Brownwood,” Dr. Doggett said. “It’s never too late to get a flu shot so I highly recommend getting one as soon as possible for those who haven’t. 

“As we have seen in the DFW area media reports, flu can be serious or even deadly and should not be taken lightly.”

Doggett says those with flulike symptoms should stay away from work, school and other public places until they can be examined.

Symptoms of the flu include fatigue, body aches and chills, cough, sore throat and fever.