January 2015 – AAP and CDC Partner to Protect Children from Flu

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are collaborating to improve influenza prevention and control. Flu cases are increasing. Vaccination remains the most important step in protecting against influenza, with influenza antiviral treatment as a valuable second line of defense. Please see the information below highlighting some of the AAP/CDC activities http://www.aap.org/en-us/advocacy-and-policy/aap-health-initiatives/Children-and-Disasters/Pages/Influenza-Pandemics.aspx.

“What’s the Latest with the Flu” is a series of messages created to offer a monthly snapshot of important details concerning influenza, with links back to AAP/CDC resources. These messages are crafted for clinicians www.aap.org/disasters/flu and Health Start and other early education and child care providers http://www.healthychildren.org/English/news/Pages/Whats-the-Latest-with-the-Flu-A-Message-for-Caregivers-and-Teachers.aspx. An influenza prevention and control fact sheet http://www.aap.org/en-us/Documents/childrendisasters_health_and_safety_fact_sheet.pdf and a letter http://www.aap.org/en-us/Documents/disasters_parent_flu_letter.pdf that child care programs can customize to share influenza season planning strategies with parents were also developed.

A free online educational training module titled, “Influenza Prevention and Control: Strategies for Early Education and Child Care Programs http://www.healthychildcare.org/flu.html was created to increase the number of Head Start staff/early education and child care providers who are aware of and can implement plans to improve influenza prevention and control strategies in child care facilities. The course is approved for 1.0 contact hour.

If you would like to receive more information about the collaborative activities, or if you would like to work with the AAP/CDC on influenza prevention and control activities, please e-mail DisasterReady@aap.org. Please consider sharing the information above with your constituents and encouraging anyone who cares for children to get vaccinated.

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