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Cedar Falls child care center takes precautions during flu and cold season

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CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) - Officials with the Iowa Department of Public Health announced Wednesday that flu cases are on the rise.

Spokesmen for area hospitals expect the height of cold and flu season to be sometime in January.

Meanwhile, places like schools and child care centers are taking extra precautions to keep kids healthy.

Aside from reminding people to cover their cough and wash their hands, Linda Jacoby, director of Cedar Valley Preschool and Child Care Center in Cedar Falls, said her employees regularly sanitize things like tables and chairs. Jacoby also said they pay extra attention to cleaning the kitchen area.

"We want to be healthy and have time to spend with our friends and family and have fun, and part of that is taking good care of us," said Jacoby.

Jacoby said she encourages parents to have a plan should their child get sick during the day.

She said it's important for sick kids to stay home at least 24-hours to prevent other kids from getting sick.

"I hope that people will keep their children home long enough for them to get well and then return to us," she said.

Officials with the Health Department encourage people to get flu shots; they said the three strains of flu circulating include H1N1, H3N2, and Influenza B; all are covered by the flu vaccine.
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