The State of Indiana Department of Health has posted information about the swine flu at www.in.gov/isdh/24572.htm.  Included in this information is information for child care centers.

Here are Centers for Disease Control guidelines to protect you from getting sick.

There is no vaccine available right now to protect against Swine flu. There are everyday actions that can help prevent the spread of germs that cause respiratory illnesses like influenza. Take these everyday steps to protect your health:

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • If you get sick with influenza, CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them. – www.in.gov and www.cdc.gov

Another thought, is your congregation prepared to communicate with one another if an epidemic causes churches to be closed? Does your church disaster plan include steps for flu epidemic preparedness? There’s no harm in preparing for what could be an unlikely circumstance.

Plan now to be ready for the next flu pandemic. For online resources, visit www.pandemicflu.gov/plan/community/plannow.html.