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Precautions Taken To Stop Spread Of Flu

Hospitals and daycares are taking precautions to protect the most vulnerable people in our community during the height of the flu season.
Hospitals and daycares are taking precautions to protect the most vulnerable people in our community during the height of the flu season. 

Children at Expressive Beginnings daycare are happy and healthy. The number of flu cases is on the rise, but not at Expressive Beginnings. 

"[We've had] maybe one or two, but I don't know if it's because sanitize everything," director Suzanne Rounding said.

Parents are asked to keep kids home if they are sick. They are also asked not to visit classrooms if they are not feeling well.

"It is a requirement that everybody wash their hands as they enter the classrooms, including the children; so that when they come from outside, when the children blow their nose[s], a lot of hand-washing," Rounding said. 

It is better safe than sorry. 

"It could be devastating; I mean it could run through families if an older child gets it and they have a younger sibling at home and that younger sibling gets it," she said.

Strong Hospital is also being careful. Since December 27th 104 people have tested positive for the flu. Now the priority is patient safety. 

"In terms of pediatricians and OBGYNs we're saying is that no children under the age of 14 will be allowed to visit until the end of flu season," URMC Infection Prevention director Ann Marie Pettis said.

Hand sanitizer is available in the lobby. People who have not had flu shots are asked to put on masks. The number of visitors allowed will also be limited. 

"It is in the best interest for particularly our most vulnerable patients which would be in pediatrics and OB [obstetrics] and the tiny newborns and those that are in the NICU," Pettis said.

If you have a cold or the flu, hospital officials ask that you do not visit. Flu season typically peaks between January and February, and it's still not too late to get your flu shot. 
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