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Flu closes Overton, Clay county schools

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LIVINGSTON, TN (WSMV) -

Two school districts east of Nashville have a long weekend to recover from a high number of flu cases in their schools.

Overton and Clay counties canceled classes for the rest of the week after so many kids were already out sick.

Health officials say the most recent closings don't necessarily mean cases of flu are on the rise.

"The reason we take influenza so seriously and push vaccination as much as we do is because influenza will kill," said Dr. Kelly Moore, with the Tennessee Department of Health.

Several other Middle Tennessee counties have previously canceled days of classes this school year due to the flu, including those who added to the Christmas break in hopes it would help everyone recover.

Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the flu had reached epidemic levels but may now be on the decline.

"It's hard to know right now where we stand on the wave of flu across the state. Give us a few more weeks, and we'll be able to tell clearly whether this is the peak time or whether we've already passed our peak. It's just difficult to know when you're right in the middle of it," Moore said.

The reason state health officials can't be sure where things stand is the test results on these new cases haven't come back yet.

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