The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says this flu season will be one of the worst in nearly a decade. Families are urged to take extra steps to protect themselves from the virus.
Schools are doing the same.
Nurse Cathryn Cruz at Rita Kay Driggers Elementary School said, “I try to be that person for them until Mom or Dad can come."
Now that the flu season is underway, Cruz has her work cut out for her.
The CDC says at the end of 2012, 18 children died from the flu. More than 2,000 adults were taken to the hospital because of the flu.
Numbers like that have not been seen since winter of 2003 – 2004.
“The biggest line of defense that we have is to wash our hands. It is to keep that instilled in our faculty and staff so they can tell our kids," Nurse Cruz said.
However, she adds some parents do not get their children flu shots.
“A good amount of kids do have it and good amount don't... for whatever reason their parents choose not to get their child immunized and that is their right," said Cruz.
According to Cruz, the best defense against the flu is a good offense.