Illness has closed dozens of schools in the Middle Tennessee area this week. Thousands of students now have a long weekend to stay home and recover.
It’s only February and already this has been called one of the worst flu seasons in nearly a decade.
So many schools closed today bc of ilness. CDC says "If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities."
— Sophie N-K (@SophieNC5) February 8, 2018
According to the Tennessee Department of Health, the deaths of six children and one pregnant woman have been associated with seasonal flu in the state.
Schools closed Thursday include, Fentress County, Lewis County, Overton County, Smith County, Stewart County and Wilson County schools.
Fentress, Stewart and Wilson have closed through the end of the week.
However, it's not just students and teachers that have to worry. Health officials have urged people who work in offices to wipe down their spaces with disinfecting wipes and keep hand sanitizer nearby.
Doctors also said it’s still a good idea to get a flu shot if you haven't gotten one already.
Click here to see full list of closings.