Symptoms of flu, for example, include fever, headache, extreme tiredness, dry cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, and muscle aches. Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea are also common in children with the flu. Flu is spread from person to person through coughs and sneezes and indirectly through contaminated objects. For this reason, it is very important to isolate children with flu symptoms and have their parents or guardians pick them up as soon as possible. During a flu outbreak, as determined by the local health authority, additional steps should be taken to prevent the spread of disease. Make sure to keep emergency disaster supplies and emergency contact cards handy.
Check all children upon arrival for flu symptoms before the parents leave the child care. Any children who have these symptoms should not be permitted to stay at the child care and should be asked to leave with the parent/guardian.
All staff, parents, and children should wash their hands with soap and warm water upon entering the child care.
If a child or staff member develops flu-like symptoms while at the child care, physically separate the sick person.
Call the parent/guardian to arrange for pick-up of the ill child. Insist that they come immediately.
Send sick staff home and provide for paid sick-leave.
The person in charge of caring for ill children in the isolation area is (title of person). This person will limit contact with the ill child to the greatest extent possible.
Plenty of fluids will be provided to ill children.
Children and staff with symptoms will be asked to wear a mask. The staff member caring for the ill child will wear a mask.
All persons at the child care should carefully follow recommendations for hand hygiene after contact with an infected person or the environment in which the infected person was.
Those persons who are not involved in caring for the ill child will not enter the isolation area.
Place all used tissues in a bag and dispose of with other waste. A bag will be placed next to the ill child in the isolation area for this purpose.
All parents will be notified of the illness.
Sanitize the environment in which the sick child/staff had been located. Sanitize any toys or objects the sick child handled. Other cleaning and sanitizing activities should be done at the normal times.
Wash and sanitize any bedding that was used by the sick child. Care should be taken when handling soiled laundry (i.e. avoid holding the laundry close to your body) to avoid self-contamination. Wash hands after doing laundry.
Soiled dishes and eating utensils should be cleaned and sanitized as usual.
Any staff member or child who has been in the child care with a sick individual is at risk for developing influenza. Monitor staff and children continually for flu symptoms. Consult with healthcare providers to determine whether a flu vaccine, if available or antiviral prophylaxis should be considered.
Keep in contact with the local health authority and the child care licensor to determine if and when the child care should be closed.
Director/Designee will complete a written incident report at the earliest opportunity; Incident reports are stored (where).