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Flu epidemic keeps one out of five kids from school

A school district in Wisconsin says one out of five kids are staying home from school due to the flu. (Source: WAOW/CNN) A school district in Wisconsin says one out of five kids are staying home from school due to the flu. (Source: WAOW/CNN)
A flu epidemic has spread to 41 states much earlier than normal peak flu seasons. (Source: WEWS/WFM/CNN) A flu epidemic has spread to 41 states much earlier than normal peak flu seasons. (Source: WEWS/WFM/CNN)

WAUSAU, WI (WAOW/CNN) - The flu is spreading so quickly, U.S. health officials are calling it an epidemic.

41 states are reporting cases and more are expected.

In one Wisconsin school district, administrators say one out of every five students is out sick because of the virus. Classrooms may start to look a little bare with both respiratory and stomach flu going around.

Teachers state some parents are keeping their children at home as a protective measure.

School officials state they sanitizing all hard surfaces to kill germs.

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