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Daycares work to prevent spread of seasonal flu and H1N1

By: Cheryl Glassford Email
By: Cheryl Glassford Email

"I did have some concerns."
Michelle Johnson's two children attend Bracktown Academy in Lexington.
She says she was a little worried when she first learned about H1N1.
"My son has allergies, and they say kids with allergies and asthma are more likely to get H1N1."
Now that 7 confirmed cases have popped up at the child-care center,
Johnson's doing what she can at home..
"We've really talked to him about to make sure he doesn't suck his thumb while he's here with dirty hands," Johnson says.
The center's employees say they're doing their best to reduce the spread of the virus to the other nearly 180 kids.
They are using disinfectant wipes and bleach water to clean toys and high-traffic areas, and ecouraging hand-washing.
"Those are things we did before but now we're just doing them more frequently," says the director, Beth Morton.
They're also sending kids home that show any signs of the virus.
"If they have even a low-grade temp, 104 or higher, and some other flu-like symptoms we are requiring a doctors note for them to return," Mortan says.
Which was the case for two preschoolers and five toddlers at the center.
"Most of them had a fever," Morton says, "just not being themselves, lethargic, a few have had coughs."
With numerous other daycares in lexington reporting cases of both seasonal flu and H1N1, the daycare director says parents cooperating with the doctor-note rule is key.


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