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Flu hospitalizes hundreds, keeps students home

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233 people have been hospitalized with the flu in Spokane County so far this year. 233 people have been hospitalized with the flu in Spokane County so far this year.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

The number of flu cases continues to climb in the Inland Northwest, claiming the lives of at least seven people in the region and hospitalizing hundreds.

On Friday, five Spokane Elementary Schools had 10 percent of their students out sick with the flu:

Linwood, Westview, Woodridge, Hamblen and Hutton.

School officials say it's been several years since they've had to report flu numbers to the state, and they're taking extra measures to try to get rid of the virus in classrooms.

"We bring in extra custodial support to focus on a lot of that high-touch area. The counter tops, the door handles, all of those things that are above and beyond what is typically done," said Laurie Moyer, Spokane Public Schools Health Services Coordinator.

233 people have been hospitalized in Spokane County so far this year. That number is almost double the number from the 2011- 2012 season: 118.

A majority are ages 60 and older, and most got sick with the H1N1 or H3N2 strains this year.

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