What Vaccinations Should a Nanny Have?

Recommended Vaccines for All Child Care Providers

Influenza:
  All adults should get flu vaccine every year.

Tdap (Tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis/whooping cough):
  Every adult should get one dose of Tdap vaccine.
  Then, every 10 years after that, get a Td (tetanus-diphtheria) vaccine.
  Pregnant women should get a dose of Tdap during every pregnancy, even if they’ve had it before.

Varicella (chickenpox):
  Every adult who has never had chickenpox and has never been vaccinated against varicella should get two doses of varicella vaccine.


  source: Minnesota Department of Health


The Ohio Department of Health
refers to this chart of recommended adult vaccinations
as provided by the CDC (US Center for Disease Control)



HOW TO TELL THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN
A COLD, SEASONAL FLU and the H1N1 VIRUS (Swine Flu)

SYMPTOMS
• = a cold     • = seasonal flu     • = H1N1 Swine Flu
FEVER
  • Fever is rare with a cold.
  • Fever is common with the seasonal flu.
  • Fever is usually present with H1N1 in up to 80% of all flu cases. A temperature of 101°
  • COUGHING
  • A hacking, productive (mucus-producing) cough is often present with a cold.
  • A dry and hacking cough is often present with the seasonal flu.
  • A non-productive (non-mucus producing) cough is usually present with H1N1 (sometimes referred to as dry cough).
  • ACHES & PAINS
  • Slight body aches and pains can be part of a cold.
  • Moderate body aches are common with the seasonal flu.
  • Severe aches and pains are common with H1N1.
  • STUFFY/RUNNY NOSE
  • Stuffy nose is commonly present with a cold and typically resolves spontaneously within a week.
  • A runny nose is commonly present with the seasonal flu.
  • Stuffy nose is not commonly present with H1N1.
  • CHILLS
  • Chills are uncommon with a cold.
  • Chills are mild to moderate with the seasonal flu.
  • 60% of people who have H1N1 experience chills.
  • TIREDNESS/LETHARGY
  • Tiredness is fairly mild with a cold.
  • Tiredness is moderate and more likely referred to as a lack of energy with the seasonal flu.
  • Tiredness is moderate to severe with H1N1.
  • SNEEZING
  • Sneezing is commonly present with a cold.
  • Sneezing is commonly present with the seasonal flu.
  • Sneezing is not common with H1N1.
  • HEADACHE
  • A headache is fairly uncommon with a cold.
  • A headache is fairly common with the seasonal flu.
  • A headache is very common with H1N1 and present in 80% of cases.
  • SORE THROAT
  • Sore throat is commonly present with a cold.
  • Sore throat is commonly present with the seasonal flu.
  • Sore throat is not commonly present with H1N1.
  • CHEST DISCOMFORT
  • Chest discomfort is mild to moderate with a cold.
  • Chest discomfort is moderate with the seasonal flu. If it turns severe seek medical attention immediately!
  • Chest discomfort is often severe with H1N1.
  • SUDDEN SYMPTOMS
  • Cold symptoms tend to develop over a few days.
  • Flu symptoms tend to develop over a few days and include flushed face, loss of appetite, dizziness and/or vomiting/nausea. Symptoms usually last 4-7 days, depending on the individual. Diarrhea is common.
  • H1N1 has a rapid onset within 3-6 hours. H1N1 hits hard and includes sudden symptoms like high fever, aches and pains. Symptoms usually last 4-7 days, depending on the individual. Diarrhea is common.
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