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.