Fayetteville, Tennessee schools will shut down Thursday and Friday due to the flu.
School officials said 20 percent of the school is affected by the virus so far, and the numbers are climbing.
The schools affected are Ralph Askins Elementary, Fayetteville Middle and Fayetteville High School. Most of the cases are from the elementary school.
Lincoln County High School is not affected by the closures.
This is not the first school that has had to temporarily shut down because of widespread flu. Westminster Christian Academy's Brockway campus had to close for two days while the school was cleaned.
Alabama is one of the hardest hit states in the country along with Texas, Mississippi and Louisiana. Tennessee has seen moderate impact.
Health officials recommend everyone six months and older to get a flu shot.
They also say to make sure you cover your cough, wash your hands frequently, and stay home when you're sick.
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