In Winnebago County there has been over 1,000 flu cases reported this flu season. Aside from wrapping your center or family child care home in a protective bubble of plastic wrap, there are some things you can do to protect yourself and the children in your care from getting the flu this year.
- Get a flu shot- If you haven’t gotten one yet, now is the time to do so. The flu shot has been proven to shorten the life of flu strains. Encourage the families of children in your care to get them as well.
- Wash hands-
- Wash children’s hands when they arrive
- Before and after handling food, feeding a child, or eating
- After using the toilet, changing a diaper, or helping a child use the bathroom (Following a diaper change, the caregiver’s and child’s hands should be washed and the diaper-changing surfaces should be disinfected.)
- After helping a child wipe his nose or mouth or tending to a cut or sore
- After playing in sandboxes
- Before and after playing in water that is used by other children
- Before and after giving medicine to a child
- After handling wastebaskets or garbage
- After handling a pet or other animal
- Clean and sanitize all surfaces
- Encourage children to cough into the crook of their arm instead of their hands
- Wash and sanitize any toys that are mouthed
- Try to get children outside as much as weather permits
- Create and implement sick policies for your program that encourage sick children to stay home.