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Michael 01:30 AM 10-24-2014
Those of you in Virginia. Did you also get this notice?
Good Afternoon,
We have received many requests for information related to Ebola and Enterovirus, Although we do not have any trainings planned at this time, we are excited to share an American Academy of Pediatrics message with you:


Ebola, Enterovirus D68 & Flu: Strategies for Child Care, Schools

There are numerous news reports about the epidemic of Enterovirus D68 affecting many children, and now Ebola virus.

To ensure the health of all children in child care and school settings, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends caregivers and teachers continue the current procedures already in place to manage infectious diseases (e.g. immunizations, infection control, and proper exclusion practices).

Children with Enterovirus D68, for example, may have symptoms that look similar to children with the common cold, the flu, or other respiratory viruses. Remember, it is not the job of caregivers and schools to diagnose children.

There are steps that Child Care Providers, Facilities, and Schools can take to prevent the spread of infection and illness, including having policies that encourage:
Routine childhood and adult immunizations.
Handwashing and hand hygiene.
Infection control measures such as sanitation, disinfection, and maintenance.
Excluding (sending home) children if the illness prevents the child from participating comfortably from activities, results in a need for care that is greater than staff members can provide (without compromising the care of other children), or poses a risk of harmful diseases to others.
Preparing in advance for infectious disease outbreaks or epidemics.

By following these recommendations, you will be doing your part to maintain a healthy environment for all the children in your care, regardless of illness.www.vdh.state.va.us


Additional resources for Child Care Providers & Schools:
Preventing the Spread of Illness in Child Care or School Preventing the Flu: Resources for Parents & Child Care Providers
Enterovirus: What Parents Need to Know
Ebola: What Parents Need to Know
Managing Infectious Diseases in Child Care and Schoo​ls, 3rd Edition (AAP Bookstore - shop.aap.org)
Caring for Our Children Manual (National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education)
Caring for Our Children: Standard 3.3 Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Disinfecting (National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education)
Model Child Care Health Policies(A Publication of the AAP and the Pennsylvania Chapter of the AAP)
HealthyChildren.org



If you would like additional information, please visit the VDH website at
www.vdh.state.va.us



Wishing you a healthy, happy, quiet week,


Jennifer Ebert, RN, BSN
Chesterfield Health Department
Preventive and Community Health
Phone: 804-751-4369
Fax: 804-768-7708
jennifer.ebert@vdh.virginia.gov
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snbauser 03:41 AM 10-24-2014
I'm not in Virginia but we got something similar her in NC a couple of weeks ago about the Enterovirus.
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KSDC 08:00 AM 10-24-2014
Originally Posted by snbauser:
I'm not in Virginia but we got something similar her in NC a couple of weeks ago about the Enterovirus.
Me too, but I'm in Kansas.
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