The Pennsylvania Department of Health offers free lab-based training events to childcare caregivers, community health education specialists, instructors, and administration staff to promote appropriate antibiotic use.
Lab-based approach to prevention of childhood illnesses in childcare settings through hand washing: The 3-hour program emphasizes the importance of good hand washing and to teach the “why”, “how”, and “when” to hand wash. Training materials and lesson plans developed with PA state standards will be provided and participants will receive children’s books and Glo Germ™ hand wash training kits.
Sharon B. Meropol, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics & Epidemiology & Biostatistics
Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
These presentation reviews common childhood infectious illnesses that sometimes trigger exclusion from childcare centers, and discusses best practices and obstacles to adhering to best practices. It discusses conditions, including bacterial diarrhea illnesses (e.g. Salmonella, Shigella), pertussis (whooping cough), influenza, parvovirus B19 (fifth disease), hepatitis, and urinary tract infections. Emphasis is on prevention of illnesses, indications for exclusion from childcare facilities, and the appropriate role of antibiotics in the management of these conditions.
Presented by Anne Vogan, Childcare Health Consultant
Supplemental file, where to find information to define exclusion policies in Pennsylvania (PDF file 585 kB)
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