Public health officials in Montgomery County say the area has reached peak flu season as a second wave of the virus hits the Miami Valley.
This comes as a second school district in the Miami Valley, Northridge Local Schools, shuts down due to illnesses.
According to public health officials, Montgomery County is seeing many more flu hospitalizations than typical for this time of year.
Many people in the area are now trying to protect themselves and others from getting sick.
“My husband works, and the kids that I am around – I don’t want them sick,” said Elaine Huddleston, who lives in Dayton. “I don’t want my husband missing work.”
So many students and staff members called out sick this week at Northridge Local Schools that the superintendent chose to cancel classes for the entire district Thursday and Friday.
According to the school district, janitors will do a deep clean inside each school to stop the spread of various illnesses, including flu.
“There’s many reasons why the flu can increase,” said Dan Suffoletto of Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County. “One of the reasons could be a new strain of flu that’s being introduced that’s not as good a match to the vaccine that’s out there.”
One of the best ways to protect yourself is getting a flu shot, Suffoletto said. It’s still not too late since the virus could be around another two months, he explained.
“Even if you get vaccinated, you could potentially get the flu,” Suffoletto said. “However, the good thing about vaccination is that it lessens your symptoms.”
Many people who spoke with 2 NEWS said they agree that getting a flu shot is key.
“I don’t understand why families wouldn’t want to have their kids take the flu virus shot because it’s absurd to me, and you have to think about others,” said John Moe, who lives in Butler Township.
According Northridge school officials, some activities have been canceled over the next few days, while others will go on as scheduled.