Virginia school closes for day because so many staffers, students, teachers out with flu

Biologist Rebecca Gillespie holds a vial of flu-fighting antibodies at the Vaccine Research Center at the National Institutes of Health, Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017, in Bethesda, Md. Despite 100 years of science, the flu virus too often beats our best defenses because it constantly mutates. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (WJLA) - A school in Fredericksburg, Virginia is closed Friday because of the number of staffers, students and substitute teachers who are out sick.

Fredericksburg Christian School made the announcement Thursday on Facebook.

According to the school, 90 out of 820 students called out sick and 11 out of about 95 teachers were out as well.

Administrators said the day will be used to "curb the spread of infection" and will give time to the school's "cleaning crew to do a more extensive disinfecting of both campuses."

"We realize this can cause an inconvenience for you as families but we are hopeful with this extra day away from school, it will curb the spread of infection, leading to fewer sick days for everyone," the Facebook post reads.

It's been a particularly rough flu season, with an estimated 16 million Americans being affected by the strain.

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