The U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) allows safer products to use the Design for the Environment (DfE) label on products that help protect the environment and are safer to use. The DfE scientific review team has screened each ingredient in these products for potential harmful effects on humans and the environment. Based on what is known, the product contains the least harmful ingredients among chemicals of the type used for the purpose for which the product is being sold. The EPA lists products on its website that have met the DfE criteria. 12/2012
If you see a tick on a child – stay calm. Use a blunt, fine-tipped tweezers to remove it.
Grasp the tick’s body as close to the child’s skin as possible. Pull the tick slowly and steadily out of the skin. Do not squash or break its body. Do not twist or jerk the tick.
Wash the bite area with soap and water.
Inform the parents/guardians you have removed a tick. Ask them to watch the bite area for a rash. Teachers/caregivers should check the bite area each day too.
The child needs medical care if a rash appears or the child becomes ill.
PA regulations require that children have vaccines recommended by the ACIP.* The ACIP is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. The ACIP recommends that everyone older than 6 months of age receive influenza vaccine.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that child care programs prevent influenza with annual immunization for everyone older than 6 months of age, especially all teachers/caregivers.** ECELS urges programs to adopt policies and practices that require influenza immunization, hand hygiene, cough/sneeze etiquette, and minimizing crowding.
Learn the latest on flu prevention. This webinar was delivered by the National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness. Flor Munoz, MD, MSc, FAAP and Timothy R. Shope, MD, MPH, FAAP presented the webinar in January 2018. Click here to access the recorded webinar and handouts. Objectives for the webinar:
1. Update on recommendations for this influenza season.
2. Emphasize importance of universal immunization for everyone in child care and school settings.
3. Share strategies for use in early care and education settings to prevent or control the spread of influenza.
4. Review importance of influenza pandemic preparedness.