Swine Flu-Day Care Precautions

Because of this Swine Flu scare, Daycare workers across the Panhandle region will now act as doctors, so to speak, checking for any flu-like symptom on an hourly basis.

Germs spread rapidly in Daycares that's why officials in Austin made the call to Daycare directors across the state.

Each day, Daycares will have to report total number of children who are enrolled, total number of children who are absent, and total number of children who have flu-like symptoms.

And those symptoms include 100 degree or greater temperature, sore throat and coughing.

The Health Department is also asking each Daycare to go above and beyond when it comes to sanitizing rooms, toys, changing tables;anything that is within a child's reach.

Parents are asked to keep their children at home if they have any of these symptoms and report them to the Daycare immediately.

These new health department requirements will stay in place indefinitely.