Prevention Key in Fighting Flu

By: Tametria Conner Email
By: Tametria Conner Email

The Mississippi Department of Health confirmed two pediatric deaths in DeSoto and Madison counties due to the flu virus. Pediatric deaths are defined as deaths of individuals ages 18 and under.

Those who are at a high risk of catching the flu include children age 6 months to four years old and those who live with or take care of children those ages.

Barbara Henson's daycare in Meridian is trying to prevent the spread of the flu among their children, which primarily consists of one year-olds to five year-olds.

Daycare officials say workers go overboard with hand washing and sanitizing anything the children come in contact with, like toys and tables.

Only two children at Henson's Daycare have had the flu. The director says that's because staff members are following the state health department guidelines.

"They give us guidelines for the mats, like we can't share mats. Most of our children have their own mats. And if they use the center's mats, we have to clean them every day," said Beverly Henson. "We clean the tables; we clean the chairs. We go overboard during flu season."

Henson says keeping the children within a certain distance from each other also reduces the spread.

"At nap time keep them at least two to three feet apart on their mats. We keep them head to foot so that their faces aren't facing each other," Henson said.

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