Local preschools taking precautions to keep your children safe

By Molly Reuter - bio | email
Posted by Ellen Krafve - email

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - It was nap time when I arrived at ABC Pre-school in Tyler. For children it means grabbing their blanket and taking a snooze, but not for the teachers.

"At nap time, we have a regiment they go through - a check list, and that's [cleaning] walls, it's tables and chairs [and] even underneath tables," said Director Lynn Sartor.

She says in this swine flu scare they are not taking any chances by washing everything not once, but several times a day.

"What are we going to do if an outbreak is going to happen," she asked. "Shut down a room is one of the things we are going to do, shut it down and totally serialize everything," she answered.

Dr. Tom Hargrove of Trinity Clinic Pediatrics says children are more susceptible to viruses like influenza. That's because they are often in areas where there is close contact, and the younger the child is the weaker their immune system.

"Because of that sometimes an illness like influenza can cause more severe symptoms and cause a person to get sicker with it," explained Hargrove.

But, at the same time, Hargrove says when it comes to the swine flu, there are still too many unanswered questions.

"The public health authorities are doing a lot right now trying to determine exactly what this swine flu means, you know, how easily it spreads and how serious it is in certain populations," said the doctor.

Right now, Hargrove says if your child shows signs of the flu, go to the doctor. Most importantly, stay home.

Lynn Sartor said they are sending any child home who show symptoms of the flu, and require the child see a doctor before returning.

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