CLAY COUNTY — Throughout October, the Clay County Public Health Center began their second year of seasonal illness surveillance within daycares. This initiative highlights the benefits of civic partnerships to prevent the spread of communicable diseases throughout the Clay County community.

In 2017, the CCPHC initiated the Daycare Surveillance System to monitor symptoms of illnesses in children that attend daycare.

During the school year, participating daycares and preschools report the number of children experiencing symptoms like fever, vomiting and respiratory illness to the health center every week. Last school year, the system monitored symptoms of illness in over 1,110 children in the county.

Surveillance information is used to identify increases in illness trends among children, so staff can react fast and prevent others from getting sick. Identifying illnesses early prevents additional children from getting sick, in turn reducing medical costs for additional families and preventing more parents from taking off days from work to care for sick children.

If a non-participating daycare or preschool in Clay County would like to participate in the program, contact CCPHC's epidemiology program at 595-4364.

The Clay County Public Health Center is a nationally accredited local public health department. To learn more visit clayhealth.com.

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