TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI)- The widespread of the flu is forcing dentists to take extra precautions.
Dentistry Just For Kids and Orthodontics in Terre Haute is aware of how severe this flu season is. They say they are trying to keep their facility germ-free.
Children are at a higher risk for getting the flu.
Steve Pilipovich, a pediactric dentist, says the flu season has had an impact on them in terms of scheduling. He says they have up to 10 cancelations each day.
"We have had a fairly busy schedule, but then all of a sudden the day will start to fall a part in terms of kids being sick," Pilipovich said. "They wake up with a fever."
Staff members are taking extra steps to sanitize. Everyone washes their hands and wipes down equipment multiple times a day.
"We have a routine," Pilipovich said. "With our sani-wipes and our sterlizers to wipe everything down. But, it's a challenge to keep up with that."
Pilipovich also says people need to remember to get rid of their toothbrush after they get sick.
"We don't want that bacteria or virus being harboured on that toothbrush," he said. "Just get rid of it completely and start with a new one."
The Centers for Disease Control and Preventon (CDC) has reported 53 children nationwide have died from this flu season.
CDC says to wash your hands and stay home if you are sick.