Caring for Our Childen (CFOC)

Chapter 7: Infectious Diseases

7.3 Respiratory Tract Infections

7.3.3 Influenza

7.3.3.2: Influenza Control


When influenza is circulating in the community, facilities should encourage parents/guardians to keep children with symptoms of acute respiratory tract illness with fever at home until their fever has subsided for at least twenty-four hours without use of fever reducing medication.

Caregivers/teachers with symptoms of acute respiratory tract illness with fever also should remain at home until their fever subsides for at least twenty-four hours.

RATIONALE
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that caregivers/teachers encourage parents/guardians of sick children to keep the children home and away from their regular child care setting until the children have been without fever for twenty-four hours, to prevent spreading illness to others (1).
TYPE OF FACILITY
Center, Early Head Start, Head Start, Large Family Child Care Home, Small Family Child Care Home
RELATED STANDARDS
3.6.1.1 Inclusion/Exclusion/Dismissal of Children
7.3.3.1 Influenza Immunizations for Children and Caregivers/Teachers
7.3.3.2 Influenza Control
9.2.4.4 Written Plan for Seasonal and Pandemic Influenza
REFERENCES
  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2010. Update: Recommendations of the ACIP regarding use of CSL seasonal influenza vaccine (Afluria) in the United States during 2010-2011. MMWR 59 (31): 989-92. http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5931a4.htm.