Presentation on theme: "Respond to Influenza in Early Childhood Program Settings West Central Public Health District Epidemiology Prepared September 5 2009 Updated: By: Eileen."— Presentation transcript:
Respond to Influenza in Early Childhood Program Settings West Central Public Health District Epidemiology Prepared September 5 2009 Updated: By: Eileen Usman, MSN, ICNC
Who are Included as Early Childhood Program Providers? Center Based Programs Home Based Programs Head Start Programs Other Early Childhood Programs providing care for children in Group Settings Older Children Count Too!!!
Who Are More At Risk for Serious Illness from the Flu? Children Less than 5 years Children With Chronic Illness Adults with Chronic Illness Pregnant Persons
What You Can Do if the 2009-2010 Flu Illnesses Do Not Increase in Severity! Early Seasonal Influenza Vaccinations- Staff and Students Infection Control You will not keep all the children “Flu Free” but it will help to keep some healthy
Recommended Actions Examine and update current crises or pandemic plans and procedures. Develop contingency plan to cover key positions when staff are absent from work Update contact information for families and staff Share plans with families, staff and the community
Recommended Actions (continued) Review and if necessary revise sick leave policies No Doctor’s Note Remind To Stay Home if Sick
Recommended Actions (continued) Early physician contact (CALL) for those at risk for serious illness Hand Hygiene Respiratory Etiquette
Vaccinate Against the Flu Seasonal and 2009 H1N1 Seasonal Flu- Now Available H1N1- In clinical trials and expected to be available later this fall. First on a voluntary basis to 5 Primary Risk Groups then Others
Stay Home When Sick!! While you are SICK AND For 24 more hours after free of fever (100 F) without the use of fever reducing medications. Healthcare Setting Workers are excluded for 7 days or until they are well if longer.
Symptoms - All or Some Fever Cough Sore Throat Runny or Stuffy Nose Body Aches Headache Chills Fatigue Sometimes: Vomiting and Diarrhea Usually lasts 2 to 4 days = Exclusion of 3 to 5 days after symptoms start Staying home is still necessary even if you had antivirals like Tamiflu