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Facts About the Flu and Early Childhood  
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Facts About the Flu and Early Childhood
Influenza Vaccine Safety
Preventing the Flu: Resources for Parents & Child Care Providers
See What Students Have to Say about ChildCare Education Institute
CCEI Offers Online Training in Promoting Empathy and Positive Behavior
Alumni Profile
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CDA, Director, & Early Childhood Credential Coursework

Facts About the Flu and Early Childhood          


Fewer than half of American adults choose to get flu vaccines each year. Many adults are willing to risk getting the flu. After all, just because you're not vaccinated does not mean you will get the flu. You can often avoid it with careful hygiene practices and lots of good luck. And if you do get it, you will be miserable and bedridden for a week or so, but you'll get over it, right?


For most young and middle-aged adults, the flu is a serious annoyance, but not a life threatening condition. This is not true for people over 65. And it's not true for young children, either!


The flu can wreak havoc on a small body. Over 20,000 children under the age of 5 will be hospitalized this year with complications from influenza. Nearly 100 children died from it in the 2013-14 season. While adults have every right to make their own health care decisions, they must also make responsible decisions for the children in their lives. All the experts-CDC, AAP, HHS, WHO- agree that children should get the flu vaccine (except those very few who should not for specific health reasons). So, why then are 4 out of 10 children going without flu vaccines each year?


As a childcare provider, you cannot force any child to be vaccinated, but you can do a lot to educate and encourage parents to have their children vaccinated! Promoting vaccinations in your child care center is important not only for children's health and happiness but also for overall community health, not to mention a healthy, prospering business. You cannot be 100 percent protected from the flu, but it's worthwhile to mitigate the risks as much as possible. Know the facts and take some action.


Here are some ideas:


First, call or visit your local/state health agency and ask what kinds of programs and resources they have for child care providers and/or parents. Money is no excuse for not getting vaccinated. Shots are fairly inexpensive (much cheaper than getting the flu!), and aid is often available for those in need. Or, if you have a favorite pediatrician, ask him or her for advice on how best to promote maximum vaccination in your program.


Set up a flu shot clinic at your center or in partnership with a neighboring school. State rules and regulations vary, but the CDC offers some useful resources for planners, including templates for advanced consent forms.


Be sure you are armed with the facts. There are many rumors and unsubstantiated, unscientific claims floating around out there. Trust but verify, right? Do you trust a random blogger whose cousin's neighbor knows someone whose child suffered some ghastly effects from the vaccine over the overwhelming consensus among doctors, researchers, and other public health experts?  


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Influenza Vaccine Safety

For more than 50 years, seasonal flu vaccines have had very good safety track records. Over the years, hundreds of millions of Americans have received seasonal flu vaccines. The most common side effects following flu vaccinations are mild. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) closely monitor for any signs that flu vaccines are causing unexpected adverse events and are working with state and local health officials to investigate any unusual events.  


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Preventing the Flu: Resources for Parents & Child Care Providers

Parents and child care providers can help prevent and slow the spread of the flu. The flu (influenza) is a respiratory illness caused by a virus. Flu infections are highly contagious. They spread easily when children are in a group with other children such as in a child care center or family child care home.

The following resources provide information on preventing the flu. Materials and tools for child care facilities are also included.


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CCEI offers SOC104: Promoting Empathy and Other "Prosocial" Behaviors as an online no-cost trial child care training course to new CCEI users during the month of October in recognition of Global Diversity Awareness Month.

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Renee is a certified/licensed Preschool-3rd grade and Students with Disabilities teacher. In addition to completing nearly every CCEI Professional Development course, she has a B.A. from Dominican College in Social Sciences. Renee has put all her hard work and education to wonderful use, and recently published a book about Autism Spectrum Disorder.


In her free time, Renee enjoys visiting the beach and taking pictures of sunsets, listening to every New York Mets baseball game, writing books, and spending time with family outdoors! Renee plans to continue her education in childcare and hopes to earn a Master's degree in a special education related field and is already working on her second book! She recommends CCEI to everyone and says, "I have already recommended CCEI to several educational professionals and childcare centers, and will continue to do so."


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