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A006 Medical experts give flu fighting tips
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tive Director, Carrie Williams, Crawford said, “It is especial- challenges, as sickness is eas-
and Dr. Steven Crawford, pro- ly important for those who are ily spread at child care facil-
fessor and chair at the Uni- going to be visiting family for ities. We want to give child
versity of Oklahoma College the holidays and those who care providers and parents the
of Medicine’s Department work around the more vul- tools to combat this.”
of Family and Preventative nerable members of our com- More tools for classroom
Medicine, have joined to re- munity, like the elderly and prevention can be found
mind parents and child care children.” https://www.cdc.gov/flu/
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other healthy prevention prac- displaying symptoms, since, assists child care providers
tices. Data from recent years according to the CDC, the with a multitude of services
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rates decline dramatically af- day before symptoms are dis- nical assistance as well as
ter the end of November, al- played and as long as week age-appropriate activities and
though health care profession- after becoming sick. curriculum. Rainbow Fleet is
DOVVXSSRUWÁXLPPXQL]DWLRQV “A large part of our mission an equal opportunity provider
and prevention throughout the at Rainbow Fleet is promot- and employer. For questions
holiday season and beyond. ing the health of Oklahoma’s or more information, call
“It is never too late to get children,” said Executive Di- 

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