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.
Flu season is here. Learn what you can do in your program to reduce risk for children and staff this flu season. Dr. Susan Aronson, MD, FAAP, ECELS Founder and Pediatric Advisor presented the current recommendations and shared prevention tips programs can follow. The live webinar was held on Wednesday, November 18, 2015.
During and after her presentation, Dr. Aronson answered questions about flu posed by participants. The answers to live polling questions are in the updated handout attached to this description. Users of the recorded version of this webinar will hear the results of the live polling. The answers to the questions posed by participants prior to the webinar and via the chat box are inclcuded at the end of the handout.
This webinar is designed for child care program directors, family child care providers, health professionals, child care health consultants, child care health advocates, supervisory staff, Regional Key staff, instructors and MIECHV home visitors. Participants will receive 1.5 hours of professional development credit for participating and submitting an evaluation. PA Key, Act 48 and CME/CEU professional development credit from University of Pittsburgh will be available. CME/CEU credit is only available for the live webinar.
Participants will learn how to:
1. Explain recommendations for the 2015-16 influenza season.
2. Discuss why universal influenza immunization is so important.
3. Share flu prevention and control strategies for early education and child care settings.
Follw the instructions offered in the wrap-up slide and explanation during the webinar for how to use participation either live or via the recording to claim credit . To listen to the recording click here
View free, online demonstrations of step-by-step, easy ways to prepare foods for children's meals and snacks. Culinary Institute chefs show the proper techniques in 16 print and 51 brief video lessons. The foods are from the United States Department of Agriculture's collection of recipes for schools. The National Food Service Management Institute at the University of Mississippi hosts the website with this excellent professional development resource.
In addition to the videos and print lessons, the website offers six online courses that allow users to earn continuing education credits. The print and video lessons, online courses and USDA recipes are at http://nfsmi.org/Templates/TemplateDefault.aspx?qs=cElEPTIxNg.
Food-borne illness is very common. The risk of this type of illness increases in warm weather. Sending food from home and eating out-of-doors may allow perishable food to reach temperatures that foster bacterial growth. A 2011 study reported in the journal, Pediatrics measured temperatures of lunches that families packed and sent with their preschool children. The researchers found only 1.6% of lunches with perishable items were at safe temperature. The study was done in nine Texas child care centers and measured temperatures in the packed lunches of more than 700 preschoolers. Even when sent with ice packs, most of the lunches were at unsafe temperatures over an hour before the food was ready to be served. The message is clear: Early educators and families must adopt practices that ensure food is at a safe temperature before feeding it to children.
This fact sheet provides general information for parents and caregivers about hand hygiene, it's importance in preventing the spread of infectious disease in early education and care programs, and the procedures to follow for hand washing and for use of hand sanitizers. Updated 11/2012
Correct hand hygiene is important in all seasons. Use information on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website to remind everyone about how and when to do it.
Use the CDC posters and the information from the CDC website to make your own posters with photos of the children, drawings or magazine clippings. Here is some wording adapted from the CDC web-site to use on posters in child care programs:
WHEN to perform hand hygiene:1
HOW to perform hand hygiene:2 Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to reduce the number of germs in most situations. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Hand sanitizers do not eliminate all types of germs.
Handwashing is a your best defense against germs. Use this poster developed by the North Carolina Division of Public Health as a reminder about the importance and steps for handwashing. Click here to access the poster. 10/2016
This form guides collaborative problem-solving involving those who are affected, those with authority, and those with expertise. The form encourages documentation of who is involved, the tasks planned, who is responsible, and checkpoints for follow-up. The attachments include a blank copy of the form and a sample of the completed form to address the problem of a 2 year old child who is biting other children.
Brochure that describes the role of a sanitarian or food safety consultant for early education and child care programs. Reviewed and reaffirmed 11/2012