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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 teac 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.


American Academy of Pediatrics' – Hand Hygiene Instructor’s Manual
Minnesota Department of HealthHand Hygiene for Schools and Child Care
Minnesota Department of Health – Hand Washing and Young Children
Caring for our Children – Health Promotion and Protection Hand Hygiene


Sick Child Exclusion Policy Advisory Group Report Summary

Practical considerations in implementation of model sick-child exclusion policy in childcare settings


Hand hygiene in the hospital, Penn State
YouTube video (3:12)


Common Childhood Illnesses Among Children in Childcare Facilities: Part I
Watch the video, Download the slides (PDF file, 2.1 MB)

Common Childhood Illnesses Among Children in Childcare Facilities: Part II
Watch the video, Download the slides (PDF file, 1.6 MB)

Presented by
Sharon B. Meropol, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics & Epidemiology & Biostatistics
Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

This 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.

Developing Child Care Exclusion Policies: Examining Legal and Best Practice Considerations for
Pennsylvania Child Care Programs (PDF file, 3.3 MB)

Presented by Anne Vogan, Childcare Health Consultant
Supplemental file, where to find information to define exclusion policies in Pennsylvania (PDF file 585 kB)

Parents Want to Do What's Best (A Public Service Announcement)

By Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Watch the video

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Looking for sewage on the waterfront – Weather events might trigger the overflow of pathogens in cities
Katherine Unger Baillie
Penn Current December 18, 2014

The influence of context on antimicrobial prescribing for febrile respiratory illness. A cohort study.
Courtney Hebert, MD, Jennifer Beaumont, MS, Gene Schwartz, MD, and Ari Robicsek, MD
Annals of Internal Medicine (2012) 157:160-169.

Editorial | The context of antibiotic overuse
Sara Ackerman, PhD, MPH, Ralph Gonzales, MD, MSPH
Annals of Internal Medicine (2012) 157:211-212.