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SWINE FLU Q & A WHAT PARENTS NEED TO KNOW

HOW DO I PROTECT MY CHILD?
Be vigilant, and watch you children closely. Follow the usual recommended procedures for reducing risk of transmission of infection. That means frequent hand-washing. Avoid large crowds. Avoid direct contact with sick individuals. If your child is sick, stay at home.

WHAT IF YOU ARE AT A PLAYGROUND?
If you are out in public and someone has a cough, you should stay away from that individual. People should cover their mouth and nose when they sneeze or cough.

WHAT’S THE MOST IMPORTANT THING PARENTS SHOULD DO NOW, JUST IN CASE INFECTIONS ARE REPORTED IN THEIR OWN AREA?
Follow the usual precautions. Start thinking about what you would do if the child’s school or day care center is shut down. This means you need to stock up on supplies, food and make arrangements for child care.

WHAT ABOUT THE FLU SHOT? CAN IT PROTECT YOU FROM SWINE FLU?
The vaccine now available is not expected to offer any protection against the swine influenza.

TO HELP PARENTS, THE CDC HAS POSTED TIPS ON CARING FOR A CHILD
WITH FLU-LIKE SYMPTOMS:

  • Keep the child at home. Don’t let him go to daycare or school for 10 days after the onset of symptoms.

  • Keep the sick child away from other people as much as possible.

  • If the child has underlying health problems, see a doctor when symptoms start.

  • If the child is otherwise healthy, call a doctor to see if an appointment is needed.

  • When holding small children who are sick, place their chin on you shoulder so that they will not cough in your face.

  • If the child has severe symptoms, has been to an area where there have been cases of swine flu, or been directly exposed to a swine flu person, see a doctor.

  • Wash your hands with soap and water often, or use an alcohol-based hand gel if soap is not available.

  • Keep surfaces (including toys and bedside tables) clean – wipe them down with a household disinfectant.

  • Wash bed sheets and towel with laundry detergent in hot water.

  • Avoid “hugging” the dirty laundry on the way to the washing machine, and wash you hands right after handling dirty laundry.

 
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