Hundreds out from flu in Opelika and Lee County

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) - Hundreds of students are out sick with swine flu or flu like symptoms in Opelkia, Lee County and Auburn City schools.

Opelika City School superintendent Mark Neighbors said Tuesday the system has 340 students out sick and Auburn City Schools superintendent Terry Jenkins said 414 of their students are out.

Auburn University is reporting approximately 50 potential flu cases while Lee County Schools has numerous absences and is planning a head count Wednesday.

All three systems and the university are encouraging the sick to stay home and advocating hand washing or using hand sanitizers as forms of prevention.

The school systems are sending students with fevers home.

Opelika head coach Brian Blackmon said he's had to come up with a whole new game plan since he's now missing a quarter of his team.

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