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Local Nursing Home Extra Alert For Flu Symptoms

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YAKIMA, wash.--Nursing homes all over the state may want to take extra precaution after two more people in their 80's died from the flu.

That makes a total of six influenza deaths so far this year.

We visited a local nursing home today to see what types of safety measures they take to prevent the virus from spreading.

Gloria Dunn, the Administrator at Landmark Rehabilitation and Care Center in Yakima said they carry the flu vaccine, and staff are constantly wiping down surfaces and reminding people not to visit if they're sick.

"If we think we've got more than one or two people with similar symptoms, then we generally will close the public areas like the dining rooms, the activity rooms," said Dunn.

Dunn said they have to be on high alert because if the virus enters the building, it has the potential to spread quickly among patients.

The nursing home coordinates with the Public Health Department in case something like that happens.