MERIDEN, CT (WFSB) – Some parents in Meriden talked to Eyewitness News on Tuesday and said many Washington Middle School students were sick.
The officials did not confirm specific numbers, but did say that more students were sick than usual on Tuesday.
In a statement, Mark Benigni of the Meriden Superintendent of Schools said: "We regularly attend and are today increased by a few percentage points. We work closely with the health department that employs our school nurses, and they have recommended disinfecting all points of contact this evening. Our custodial staff will stay tonight to ensure that the recommended cleaning takes place. "
Meriden Health representatives said that the cold and flu season will last until the end of March, and it's not unusual for a small increase in absenteeism. [1
Spring is on Wednesday, the flu season is far from over.
"I checked her temperature and she's as hot as it was in 104.2 [degrees] and I took her to the emergency room and they said she had the flu," said Desiree Parmelee.
Parmelee's daughter is a seventh student at Washington Middle School.
Last week, she got the flu and missed four school days.
"I said," No, I will not ignore that, I will stay home with her, "said Parmelee.
Although her daughter recovered and returned to school on Tuesday, the flu has
"She told me that there are a few children who were ill, too, but I do not know how many," said Parmelee.
While some parents express their frustration with the Parmelee said she believes the school is managing the situation properly.
"Oh yes, because they immediately called the parents to pick them up," Parmelee said.
] The CDC emphasized that the best protection against the flu is a flu shot.
They also recommend that people wash their hands frequently and stay home from work or school so as not to spread it to others.
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