MCLOUD, Okla. - McLoud Public Schools have closed school for Friday, February 10, 2017, due to illnesses.
School officials say over 300 students and 20 staff members are sick.
"I’ve never heard of anything like it," said Erica Robbins, the mother of a second grade student. "I actually just got over the flu along with my mom and a couple of other people I know."
Absences have been stacking up at school for students and staffers alike, Robbins said. Her son's teacher has been out sick the last two days.
Parents are finding it hard to locate prescription flu medication, she said.
The outbreak is particularly frightening, Robbins said, after hearing the news that neighboring Oklahoma County saw flu-related deaths double and hospitalizations jump 40 percent.
It's one of the reasons Robbins said she has no problem with the district canceling classes.
"Some of the parents just send their kids off to school sick or not," she said. "They don’t have a babysitter for their kids. They just give them medicine and send them off to school and if my kid’s around he could possibly catch it and it’s very scary considering people have died from it."
Symptoms of the flu include:
Fever more than 100.4° F (38 C)
Aching muscles, especially in your back, arms and legs
Chills and sweats
Dry, persistent cough
Fatigue and weakness
The health department recommends getting a vaccine and thorough hand washing.
Those who notice symptoms should stay home.
If symptoms persist, they should seek medical attention.
"Just pray for all these kids and family members and teachers and staff and pray they get better," Robbins said. "And don’t end up at the hospital or gone from it. It’s scary and crazy."