Flu epidemic affects more than 1,300 Jackson County kids

Posted at 7:20 PM, Feb 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-08 08:03:18-05

JACKSON COUNTY, Mo. — Numbers from the Jackson County Health Department show more than 1,300 cases of the flu have been reported in kids under the age of 14. 

More than 470 of those reported cases affected kids ages four and under. 

Daycare centers like Education Station on Troost are keeping an eye on their health and cleaning policies amid the epidemic.

"Every evening we're always spraying everything down, because, of course, all the kids put everything in their mouths throughout the day," Samara Jones, the Director of Education Station, said.

Jones told us despite the high numbers throughout the metro, she has not seen any cases at her center.

She credits two things. One is help from parents who keep sick kids home. The preschool has a policy that kids can't come back unless they've been symptom-free for at least 24 hours. 

She also credits a strict 3-step cleaning process that involves spraying toys and surfaces down with water, soap and sanitizer. In addition, Jones and her husband deep clean the center on weekends.