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, Large 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.