Flu Wiping Out St. Louis Schools

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The flu 'wiping out' St. Louis schools tonight.  At least two are closing to give students and teachers a chance to get better.

Men are showing up for 'rec' basketball, wondering why the sign`s on the door and why the doors are locked.

St. Gabriel School is shutting down, Thursday and Friday, to give workers and volunteers a chance to disinfect that school.

Nearby St. Raphael school is closing Wednesday and Thursday.

The after-school basketball crowds are getting smaller in the St. Louis Hills neighborhood, so are the classroom crowds.  12% of St. Gabriel students are out, 25% of St. Raphael`s.

Teachers are starting to fall ill.  Parents and workers will be disinfecting every surface in St. Gabriel while it`s closed.  The main symptoms are headache, coughing, and persistent fever - consistent with influenza. Nearly one-third of the St. Gabe`s 3rd grade stayed home today.

The doctor says just keeping students from spreading the virus at school is probably a good idea. He also says the flu vaccine can still be effective;  it really kicks in about 2-weeks after the shot.

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