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Day Care Centers Taking Extra Steps To Keep Kids Flu Free

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DALLAS (CBS 11 NEWS) – Mother’s day out programs and day cares in North Texas are noticing a slight decrease in attendance as the flu season kicks into high gear.

At Kidville in Dallas, an indoor playground and learning center, workers are encouraging sick kids to stay home, while scrambling to keep everything clean. They are cleaning, wiping, and disinfecting constantly.

“In the summer time there are other hosts of viruses that come through here, but the flu season we are always aware of the facility. Keeping it clean. Keeping it disinfected,” says Kidville owner, Charmaine Tang.

Allison Methvin is grateful for the effort and that her kids haven’t gotten sick.

“Everything is sanitized. There is hand sanitizer everywhere, and I always keep my hands clean and my kids hands clean before and after they play,” she says.

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Other North Texas parents are taking other steps to fight the flu, like Mirna Smith who tracked down a flu shot for her son after his doctor ran out.

A Tarrant County Public Health Department nurse describes the flu shot traffic as “pretty hectic.” Nationwide, Walgreens says it’s given out 70-thousand flu shots a day this week.

Six Texas children have died from the flu since the season started this fall.

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