January is widely known as the start of the flu season, but so far, there have been no reports in Pike County schools.
Pike schools have joined a host of others across the state implementing preventive measures to stave off flu and cold viruses. This includes hand-washing, hand sanitizer and disinfecting classrooms and other parts of school buildings when illness is reported.
Most importantly, children and adults who are sick should stay home. No one should return to work or school until they have been fever free for 24 hours, Callaway said.
District IV public health information officer Hayla Hall said there have been four positive results for the flu from state laboratories this month but this doesn't mean those are the only cases. Influenza is not a notifiable disease and no one is required to report it.
The flu cycle is still sporadic and there has been no large activity, she said. There have been no pediatric deaths or major outbreaks reported.
Preventive measures recommended by the CDC include a flu vaccination, covering the nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, throwing the tissue in the trash after use and washing hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze.
Flu vaccinations are still available at the Pike County Health Department. The cost is $25. There is no flu mist vaccine available, but there are a few children's vaccines. Those with private insurance are not eligible.