Daycares stress prevention in H1N1 flu preparation

By Joe Stoll - bio | email

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BOWLING GREEN (WTOL) - Erica Sleek tries to make sure all the kids at her learning center in Bowling Green keep their hands germ free -- and the toys too.

"They put the stuff in their mouth. They share it with each other. You want to make sure that stuff is still able to be played with, but that it's clean," she said.

Experts say kids could ultimately spread the H1N1 virus this Fall. They're in close quarters and share nearly everything.

That's why Erica's staff checks every kid coming through the door. "If they have any secretions from their face, anything like that -- coughing. We look for symptoms, and then we just ask the parents to take them home."

"They shouldn't be going to the daycare center if they have a fever," said Amy Jones, an infectious disease nurse for Wood County. She said they're seeing the typical flu right now.

So far, no swine flu cases, but she knows once it starts, it'll spread. "You've got a child who may have gotten something at the childcare center, they take it home, and mom and dad start to get sick as well."

Jones says hand washing remains the best preventive measure and says childcare providers must sanitize anything children touch.

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