It's influenza season in western Oklahoma and the Elk City school district has been hit hard by the bug. According to Superintendent Rick Garrison a large number of students district wide has been absent this week due to illness.
Garrison says he does not have plans to cancel classes to try to combat the sickness, but it is always an option.
The latest numbers from the Oklahoma Department of Health find 28 people have died across the state as a result of the flu and more than 1,100 have been hospitalized since the flu season started September 1st. No deaths have been reported in western Oklahoma. However, there have been 15 hospitalizations in Custer county as a result of the flu. 6 in Blaine county, five in Caddo county, two in Washita county and one each in Dewey and Beckham counties.