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Arkansas Pushes to Require Flu Vaccines for Child Care Workers

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- October to May is the eight-month period each year known as the flu season. If you're a parent who takes a child to daycare, how sick are the people around your child? Arkansas is trying to address the problem.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- October to May is the eight-month period each year known as the flu season. If you're a parent who takes a child to daycare, how sick are the people around your child? Arkansas is trying to address the problem.

Recently, there has been a push for adults to get the vaccine as more and more people are dying from the virus, but some worry children may need an extra level of protection.

Cooper Hayes is 7 months old and his mother, Elizabeth, said he has been diagnosed with the flu.

Elizabeth wondered how her baby got the flu. She says it's difficult not to think it came from her daycare.

In Arkansas, child care workers are not mandated to have the flu shot.

"It's hard whenever you drop your child off at daycare, and its 6 in the morning or 6:30, and you have to get to work and a worker says, 'Oh I just can't get over this cold,' well what am I supposed to do?" Elizabeth said. "I just don't know what to do."

New regulations could be on the way in Arkansas. Health leaders say they have drafted regulations that would require flu vaccinations for childcare workers.

They will go before the legislature soon for committee meetings and public comment. After that, the new rules could be passed as early as next flu season.




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