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Ottawa issues swine flu guidelines to schools, daycares
« on: August 19, 2009, 09:01:03 PM »
Schools and daycares are being urged by the federal government to promptly isolate children who fall ill with flu-like symptoms, step up cleaning protocols and add more hand washing stations as part of pandemic preparedness and response plans.


Those are among the guidelines issued Wednesday from the Public Health Agency of Canada aimed at childcare centres, elementary and high schools, boarding schools and post-secondary institutions.


Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq said when students and faculty return to school in a few weeks, it's "crucial" that they are prepared for a potential second wave of the swine flu, also known as the H1N1 virus.


"Schools and childcare programs in particular are known settings for influenza transmission. However, these institutions also have the ability to identify potential H1N1 activity and with the help of these documents, can implement measures to limit transmission," she said in a call with reporters.


It was the end of the school year when the swine flu pandemic hit Canada and since then schools have been fine-tuning their plans to be ready in the event the pandemic gets worse in the fall.


Chief public health officer Dr. David Butler-Jones said institutions should consult the new guidelines when developing their plans.


Classrooms are "high activity areas" for any kind of virus, not just influenza, because children have less resistance than adults and are able to spread infections more easily, he told reporters.


The most important factors in controlling the spread of swine flu in schools, according to the documents, are identifying sick students or staff as early as possible, removing them from the classroom if they have symptoms, practising coughing and sneezing etiquette and frequent hand cleaning.


While measures to prevent, monitor and respond to the swine flu will vary from school board to school board, the federal guidelines provide a preview of the kinds of things parents and teachers can expect when school resumes in September.


Schools are being told, for example, to establish protocols for reporting above-average absenteeism to local public health officials and teachers should be on the lookout daily for flu symptoms among students.

http://www.thestarphoenix.com/health/Ottawa+issues+guidelines+schools+daycares/1909909/story.html

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Schools, daycare centres warned of flu
« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2009, 10:50:26 PM »
The Public Health Agency of Canada is urging education centres to take steps to contain or prevent a second wave of swine flu when classes resume this fall. Children have less natural resistance to the virus than adults

Schools and daycares are being urged by the federal government to promptly isolate children who fall ill with flu-like symptoms, step up cleaning protocols and add more hand washing stations as part of pandemic preparedness and response plans.

Those are among the guidelines issued Wednesday from the Public Health Agency of Canada aimed at childcare centres, elementary and high schools, boarding schools and post-secondary institutions.

Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq said when students and faculty return to school in a few weeks, it's "crucial" that they are prepared for a potential second wave of the swine flu, also known as the H1N1 virus.

"Schools and childcare programs in particular are known settings for influenza transmission. However, these institutions also have the ability to identify potential H1N1 activity and with the help of these documents, can implement measures to limit transmission," she said in a call with reporters.

It was the end of the school year when the swine flu pandemic hit Canada and since then schools have been fine-tuning their plans to be ready in the event the pandemic gets worse in the fall.

http://www.vancouversun.com/health/Schools+daycare+centres+warned/1911631/story.html

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Re: Ottawa issues swine flu guidelines to schools, daycares
« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2009, 03:40:30 PM »
CDC offers advice on how to keep day care, preschool, and other programs for young children running during a swine flu outbreak.

Get flu shots or sniffs. Vaccines safely protect kids age 6 months and older from flu. Get the seasonal flu shots or, for older kids, the intranasal mist. And get the swine flu vaccine, when available.

Stay home when sick. Most kids who get swine flu have fever for two to four days. Keep kids home for 24 hours after their fever goes away. Day care centers may wish to exclude sick kids for a longer period.

Conduct daily health checks. Providers should talk with parents and check each kid on arrival. During the day, staff should look for kids -- or other staff members -- who seem ill. Those who seem ill should be further screened by taking their temperature and asking about symptoms.

Separate ill children and staff. Promptly separate kids and staff members who have flu symptoms from others. A space should be provided where sick kids can be supervised at all times.

Encourage hand washing and cough/sneeze etiquette. Keep an eye on kids still learning these techniques, and remind them not to share cups or eating utensils.

Perform routine cleaning. All areas should be cleaned regularly. Any items kids touch or put in their mouths should be cleaned. No special disinfectants are needed.

Encourage early treatment for kids and staff at risk of flu complications. Encourage parents and staff to ask their health care providers if they or any of their family members are at high risk of severe flu disease. Those with these risks -- or parents of kids under age 5 years -- should call their doctors as soon as they get a flu-like illness.

Consider selective closures. If a lot of kids or staff members are sick, it might be a good idea to close temporarily. Such decisions should be made after consulting local public health officials and should consider the social and economic disruptions that closing will cause.

http://children.webmd.com/news/20090903/cdc-issues-swine-flu-day-are-advice

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Re: Ottawa issues swine flu guidelines to schools, daycares
« Reply #3 on: September 23, 2009, 12:16:19 PM »
THey are now saying to stay home for more than a week, up to 10 days, as they have found that the virus continues to be active even after the fever is gone..the body continues to shed it into the environment therefore spreading it longer than initially expected. check out webmd for more info.
Some further hints on how to control H1H1 in your daycare when it becomes an outbreak, is to open windows 2x day and air out the rooms/house...and keep humidity at 40-50%..so run that dehumidifyer..they also promote more outdoor time and setting up the play environment so that children can play more separatly..not so close..space out the areas and limit to 1-2 people per activity space..and spend more time outside..do health checks upon arrival and insist on using hand sanitizer upon arrival, and wash doornobs, phones, lightswitches more often as well as the bathrooms more frequently than normal. Also only use toys that can be sanitized in the dishwasher or 2 sink method. (rid of those toys that cannot be cleaned up to 2x or more a day) have a sink ready to toss toys in and wash...or be prepared to run that dishwasher a few times a day.
« Last Edit: September 23, 2009, 12:20:04 PM by spud »

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Re: Ottawa issues swine flu guidelines to schools, daycares
« Reply #4 on: September 24, 2009, 06:54:41 PM »
Thanks for the updated information on the H1N1 flu guidelines for daycare providers.  It is really important for us to be even more diligent than usual in our daily routines to prevent further spread of the virus.

 

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