H1N1 Flu (formerly known as Swine Flu) and Children

This page was last updated on September 17, 2010 at 10:34 am.

A dangerous form of the flu virus, known as H1N1 (swine) flu, continues to spread throughout the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) expects the number of cases to continue to grow in the coming days and weeks and expects that the illness associated with the virus could become more severe. As parents, it is particularly important to prepare and plan for a potential wide-spread flu outbreak. Young children are particularly vulnerable to the illness and often times experience serious complications. Consequently, it is important that we protect the children in child care centers, family child care homes and schools, as they accommodate a large proportion of our young children.

To help you prepare for, plan and respond to an H1N1 flu outbreak, Child Care Aware® of America has compiled the following resources for your use:

General Information

Swine Flu Info

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has general information about H1N1 flu; up-to-date information on reported H1N1 flu cases and deaths; resources, guidance and tips on how to stay healthy, widgets for placement on your Website, and other information.

Resources for Parents

  • Flu.gov has developed the following resources for parents that addresses the most common concerns regarding H1N1 flu such as: how to protect your family;what to do if child child care closes; how to keep from getting it etc.
    • Action Steps for Parents to Protect Your Children and Family During the 2009-2010 Flu Season (Flu.gov)
    • Action Steps for Parents if Child Care Programs are Closed or Children are Sick and Must Stay Home (Flu.gov)
    • For Individuals and Families (Flu.gov)
  • The CDC has developed advice for parents on talking to children about novel H1N1 flu (formerly swine flu) concerns.
  • The CDC has also developed a fact sheet entitled Preventing the Flu: Good Health Habits Can Help Stop Germs (PDF) to provide you with information on how to prevent the spread of swine flu.
  • The National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (NACCRRA) has developed a brochure for parents entitled What's the Plan that provides parents with the proper questions to ask to a child care provider to ensure children are safe during disasters.
  • The U.S. Department of Education has developed a video for parents entitled Preparing for Pandemic Flu: A Family Checklist Video that defines the four flu variations and suggests things parents can do to prepare for it. (Note: to see this video, your computer must have Real Player, which is free from RealPlayer)
  • The American Academy of Pediatrics has developed some resources and recommendations for parents and their children regarding H1N1 flu.
  • The Department of Health and Human Services and the CDC have released a new brochure for download and printing which provides information and details about H1N1 flu, prevention, symptoms, and what to do if you get sick H1N1 Flu and You