December 17, 2003 -- Posted at 5:51 p.m. CST
DUNKLIN COUNTY--There will be no classes for the Holcomb School District the rest of the week. It's not because of the winter break, it's because of the flu.
Of the 552 students K-12, the school has had over 100 absentees nearly every day this week...those missing students cost the school budget around $4,000 a day.
Vaccinations can help folks avoid contracting the flu...but right now the vaccines are pretty scarce in Region 8.
The Arkansas State University Health Center just received a shipment of the flu mist vaccine...the vaccine runs around $45 to $50 dollars and although it can protect you for up to a year, it's not for everyone.
People who take the flu mist inhaler must also avoid putting others at risk...just coughing and sneezing can transmit the live virus to others.
By getting vaccinated and taking precautions, folks can avoid coming down with the flu.