(WTXL) - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports this is the worst flu season since 2009 with 39 states reporting high flu activity last week.
That's up from 32 states the previous week.
Entire districts have closed schools in at least six states including Florida.
The dangerous spread of the flu virus has school officials taking action and parents on alert.
Thirty-seven children have died from the flu this season.
Experts say to teach your children what to look for and who to talk to.
Health officials say the flu can stick around until March or even April.
They say your best defense is getting the flu shot.
The Lowndes County Health Department announced they will be offering free flu shots.
The Lowndes County Health Department's Main Clinic business hours:
- Monday - Wednesday 8 am - 5 pm
- Thursday 8 am - 8 pm
- Friday 8 am - 1 pm
For more information, contact the Lowndes County Health Department.
South Georgia health officials have announced that free flu shots will be available for uninsured adults from Jan. 30 through Feb. 9, 2018, or while supplies last in a number of counties, including Berrien, Brooks, Cook, Echols, Lanier, Lowndes and Tift.
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