The Department of Health works closely with child care providers and afterschool programs to provide the best guidance, strategies, practices and tools needed to safeguard the health of Vermont’s children and their own health as well.
It is important that children and adults who show symptoms of flu like illness stay home. Not only so that they may get better, but also to avoid passing any virus on to others.
Everyone 6 months of age and older should get the flu vaccine
Ask your health care provider for a flu vaccine, or get vaccinated at a local pharmacy. Vaccine is also available, by appointment and at no charge for children up through age 18 at the Health Department district offices.
Take these simple precautions to help keep illness from spreading:
- Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
- Cough or sneeze into a tissue and then throw it away.
- Wash your hands often, especially after you cough or sneeze.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
- Use alcohol-based hand wipes and gel sanitizers if soap and water are not available.
If you or a child in your care is sick:
- Stay home if you are sick.
- If you or a child gets sick with a respiratory illness like flu, stay home (or keep the child home) for at least 24 hours after fever is gone, except to seek medical care or for other necessities. Fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.
- Limit contact with others as much as possible to help prevent spreading illness.
Take steps to prevent disease in the child care facility:
- Conduct routine cleaning and disinfecting. Flu viruses are relatively fragile, so standard cleaning and disinfecting practices are sufficient to remove or kill them.
- If an outbreak of flu occurs, contact the Department of Health (802-863-7240) to report the outbreak and seek guidance.
Fact Sheets, Posters, Videos
A variety of materials designed to help people learn more about the flu, getting vaccinated, and ways to help prevent spreading the flu. Many of the resources are available in different languages.
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