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Prevent Seasonal Flu At Your Child Care Center

How to Prevent Seasonal Flu At Your Child Care Center

Nothing is more frustrating for workers at child care centers than the cold and flu season. Ask any of them and they will explain just how difficult it is to keep the healthy children away from those who are ill. This situation causes a vicious cycle of infection and reinfection amongst the kids, which is a bit overwhelming at times. However, there are some things that they can do to help prevent a seasonal flu outbreak at their child care center or at least lessen its impact.

The first and most important thing to do to prevent seasonal flu at a childcare center is to keep everyone's hands washed. This means cleaning the children's hands frequently throughout the day. That goes for the adults too.

For instance, encourage all care providers and children to wash their hands regularly throughout the day. They can use regular soap and water. It is a good idea to print some signs and place them around the facility. Place some in the bathrooms too, just as a reminder.

It is best for them to use a mild anti-bacterial soap when their hands are visibly soiled. Alternatively, they can use an alcohol-based cleaner when soap and water is not available, or if the hands are not visibly soiled. A word of caution, however, is to keep alcohol-based products away from unsupervised children.

The second most important thing they can do is clean regularly the surfaces that are used throughout the day. This includes toys and other commonly shared items. Use an EPA registered disinfectant that is labeled specifically for cleaning bacteria and viruses. If the budget permits, use an EPA registered hospital disinfectant. Always remember to follow the instructions on the label carefully.

As an alternative, a generic chlorine bleach can also be used. Simply mix one-quarter cup of chlorine bleach with one gallon of cool water. As always, remember to keep disinfectants out of the reach of children and to wear gloves and eye protection.

Another thing to do to prevent seasonal flu at your child care center is to remind everyone to cover their mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing. In order for them to do this, always provide ample boxes of tissues around the facility. They can cover their noses and mouths with when sneezing or coughing, then put the used tissue in a waste basket.

Finally, observe all children for symptoms of respiratory illness. Notify the parents should any of the children develop a fever that is 100 degrees Fahrenheit or more under the arm. (102 rectally, or 101 orally). Any fever involving an infant can be serious, so it is best to notify a parent right away. Send any children with fever home, if possible, and advise the parents to contact the child's doctor as soon as possible.

How to Prevent Seasonal Flu At Your Child Care Center is about establishing, or re-establishing, healthy habits. They will not prevent all cases of transmission, but they can go a long way toward reducing the chances.

Below are some useful downloads from the Center For Disease Control

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