You’ve heard it on the news.
Influenza is rampant, traveling throughout the United States, and is expected to hit with even greater vengeance in February.
Following is a copy of the notice sent by the health department, and the link to the flyer, which we strongly advise you to share with the families in your program.
The flu is a beast that we want to keep far from the doors of All My Children, and by sharing this information and encouraging our families to get vaccinated, you can help protect our children.
Important Health Notice
The Health Department recommends that all children receive an annual influenza vaccination. Flu vaccine is especially important for children <5 years of age — vaccination can reduce hospitalizations, emergency department visits, doctor’s visits and antibiotic use.
Parents should first contact their child’s medical provider to make an appointment for them to receive the flu vaccine if they have not already been vaccinated. If their doctor does not have vaccine or if they do not have a doctor, they can call 311 or go to the health department’s website at nyc.gov/flu to find a vaccination clinic.
We ask you to please make flu educational material available to parents. Flu health bulletins are available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Creole and Russian at http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/pub/pub.shtml?y=alert and hard copies can be ordered by calling 311.
The Health Department also recommends that all staff at childcare facilities receive a flu vaccine. Flu vaccination can prevent days or weeks of sickness and misery and unnecessary absences from work. Vaccination can help protect staff from children who may be ill and will also prevent infecting healthy children.
You can also prevent the spread of influenza and other infections every day by following some simple rules:
• Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Use a tissue or the inside of your elbow — not your hands.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand cleaner.
• If you get sick, stay home from work until your fever has been gone for at least 24 hours, without fever-reducing medicine. Sick children should not attend daycare.
Director Field Operations,
Bureau for Child Care
Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
22 Cortlandt Street, 28th Fl. CN 68
New York, N.Y. 10007