Flu Season is Still Here: Protect Yourself and the Children in Your Care

March 13, 2017

flunewsletterWith daylight savings time here, you may think that flu season has passed; that is not necessarily the case. Although spring is near, colds and the flu can still affect all of us.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the 2016-17 flu season has been moderate and is expected to continue for several more weeks. As of March 7, there have been 40 flu-related deaths in children, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Therefore it is essential that parents and child care providers are protect children from this as much as possible.

The CDC recommends an ongoing influenza vaccination as long as flu viruses are circulating and it is still recommended that everyone get vaccinated as soon as possible, if they have not already done so. The influenza vaccine is recommended for everyone 6 months of age and older, including child care staff. Vaccination of every person in a child care setting is a valuable step in protecting the health of children and staff.

Both the AAP and the CDC have a variety of resources for child care providers and parents alike:

Please consider completing a brief AAP survey to assist in improving their influenza messaging and resource development for the future.

Remember, even as spring is on the horizon, flowers may be blooming and birds may have begun singing, it is still important to keep yourself and the children in your care protected from the flu. Use the trusted resources from the AAP, CDC, and the Child Care Aware® of America’s Emergency Preparedness Team to ensure all children in your care are healthy.

 

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Topics: Best Practices, Health & Safety

Julie Looper Coats

Written by Julie Looper Coats

Julie Looper Coats serves as the Senior Advisor for Emergency Preparedness at Child Care Aware® of America. Her professional service includes work as Senior Program Analyst for the Medical Reserve Corps project at the National Association of County and City Health Officials in Washington, D.C., where she supported Public Health Preparedness efforts across the country. Julie also has experience in emergency preparedness and response at the local level, working at the Oklahoma City – County Health Department from 2010-2014, where she managed the Oklahoma Medical Reserve Corps during several severe weather deployments, as well as provided support during the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon and other large-scale events. Julie has a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Emergency and Disaster Management.