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Health Related Information, Safety News and Product Recalls

The information on this page is being provided for informational purposes only. The Nevada Registry is not a health-related organization. For more information, please contact your doctor or local health department.  Older postings have been archived on this page for historical purposes. 

 

Consumer Product Safety Commission - Infant/Child-Related Safety News and Product Recalls

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death from thousands of types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. The CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard or can injure children.

 

Department of Health and Human Services

The Nevada Division of Public and Behavorial Health's (DPBH) mission is to protect, promote and improve the physical and behavioral health of the people of Nevada. 

  • The DPBH has a flu website, making it very easy for the public to access information about seasonal flu and H1N1 (Swine) flu.

 

Immunize Nevada

Immunize Nevada is the only statewide nonprofit dedicated to immunizations. Immunize Nevada saves lives by preventing disease and promoting health. They accomplish this through increasing the vaccination rates of Nevada’s children, teens, adults & seniors; ensuring adequate public health resources; training healthcare professionals and expanding health collaborations. 

 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The mission of the CDC is to Collaborate to create the expertise, information, and tools that people and communities need to protect their health – through health promotion, prevention of disease, injury and disability, and preparedness for new health threats.

Updated Guidance for Child Care and Early Childhood Programs 

CDC has released new guidance to help decrease the spread of influenza (flu) among children in early childhood programs and early childhood providers during the 2009–2010 influenza season. The new guidance expands upon earlier guidance documents by providing a menu of tools that health officials and early childhood providers can choose from based on conditions in their area. The new guidance recommends actions to take now, during the 2009–2010 flu season; suggests additional strategies to consider if CDC determines that flu is becoming more severe; and provides a checklist for decision-making at the local level. Based on the severity of 2009 H1N1 flu-related illness thus far, this guidance recommends that children and early childhood providers with influenza-like illness remain home until 24 hours after resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications. 
More information: H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu): Resources for Child Care Programs, Schools, Colleges, and Universities
 
CDC Guidance on Helping Child Care and Early Childhood Programs Respond to Influenza during the 2009–2010 Influenza Season

Children less than 5 years of age are at increased risk of complications from influenza (flu); the risk is greater among children less than 2 years old. Importantly, infants less than 6 months of age represent a particularly vulnerable group because they are too young to receive the seasonal or 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccine; as a result, individuals responsible for caring for these children constitute a high-priority group for early vaccination. 
 
Visit these CDC pages for current information and updates regarding the following: 
Vaccines and Immunizations  


CDC Vaccine Information Statements:

 

Key Flu Indicators

Each week CDC analyzes information about influenza disease activity in the United States and publishes findings of key flu indicators in a report called FluView. During the week of September 13-19, 2009, a review of the key indicators found that influenza activity continued to increase in the United States compared to the prior weeks. Below is a summary of the most recent key indicators:  

  • Visits to doctors for influenza-like illness (ILI) are increasing nationally. Visits to doctors for influenza-like illness are higher than what is expected during this time of year and have increased for six consecutive weeks now. This is very unusual for this time of year.  
  • Total influenza hospitalization rates for adults and children are similar to or lower than seasonal influenza hospitalization rates depending on age group, but are higher than expected for this time of year.  
  • The proportion of deaths attributed to pneumonia and influenza (P&I) based on the 122 Cities Report was low and within the bounds of what is expected at this time of year. However, 49 pediatric deaths related to 2009 H1N1 flu have been reported to CDC since April 2009, including three deaths reported this week.  
  • Twenty-six states are reporting widespread influenza activity at this time. They are: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington. Any reports of widespread influenza activity in September are very unusual. 
  • Almost all of the influenza viruses identified so far are 2009 H1N1 influenza A viruses. These viruses remain similar to the viruses chosen for the 2009 H1N1 vaccine, and remain susceptible to the antiviral drugs oseltamivir and zanamivir with rare exception. 


Updates Regarding the Novel Influenza A/Swine Flu (H1N1) 

On October 24, President Barack Obama signed a proclamation declaring swine flu a national emergency. To help early childhood programs react to this epidemic, the American Academy of Pediatrics has updated (as of October 21) its guidelines for early childhood programs. These guidelines offer detailed advice on the following recommendations...

  • Get vaccinated against the flu;
  • Stay home when sick;
  • Conduct daily health checks;
  • Separate ill children and staff;
  • Encourage hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette;
  • Perform routine environmental cleaning;
  • Encourage early treatment;
  • Consider selective early childhood program closures.
Posted October 27, 2009

 

Novel H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu) and Feeding your Baby: What Parents Should Know (CDC)

This document updates previously posted information for parents about infant feeding and novel H1N1 flu (swine flu).  It now more clearly addresses parents who are formula feeding as well as breastfeeding, suggests that parents sick with novel H1N1 flu (swine flu) find someone who is not sick to feed the baby, and provides more detailed strategies for breastfeeding mothers to maintain breastfeeding throughout the course of infection. This document is based on current knowledge of the novel H1N1 flu outbreak in the United States, and may be revised as more information becomes available.

Posted July 9, 2009  


Nevada Guidance on School and Childcare Facility Closure In Response to Human Infections with 2009 Influenza A (H1N1) Virus (previously known as Swine Flu).

 Posted May 6, 2009  


State of Nevada 24-hour, bilingual swine flu hotline: 

  • Residents of Washoe County can call the Washoe County District Health Department's bilingual hot line, available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at (775) 325-8140.
  • The Southern Nevada Health District has also established a bi-lingual hot line for Clark County residents, available 24 hours at (702) 759-4636. 
    CDC recommendations regarding risks, symptoms and practical avoidance of novel influenza A (H1N1).

For additional information, officials urge people to visit http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/ 

  

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