Flu virus hits hard from coast to coast

Posted at 6:40 PM, Jan 07, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-03 16:01:46-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL)--Something as simple as washing your hands could be what keeps you and your kids from getting sick.

With the flu virus making its way across the nation, killing and hospitalizing people from coast to coast.

Leon county health administrator, Homer Rice says if you're sick.

"You want to make sure you take care of yourself you want to make sure to drink plenty of fluids you want to stay away from people who are sick or people who you might give the flu," said Rice.

In daycares like the Good Samaritan Academy in Tallahassee, the common cold runs throughout the daycare. That's why Academy Director Dawn Williams is on the look out for any kids who show severe symptoms.

"What we watch for primarily is children not behaving primarily like they normally do and then we're feeling their foreheads taking their temperatures calling parents," said Williams.

She said the kids who attend the school and daycare pretty much "live" at the sink.

"We use clorox wipes, we have the children wash their hands all the time after all activities, before the eat and after they're done eating and when they come in from outside "

"Children especially don't cover coughs and sneezes as adults, they also tend to cough in their hands once in a while and they touch everything," said Rice.

But, Williams say at they're academy they'll continue to do their best to keep all of their kids healthy