The H1N1 influenza virus has the potential to pose a serious risk to children, especially those with certain underlying conditions making them more susceptible to the flu. This guidance outlines states? responsibilities to these infants, toddlers, and children with disabilities and their families, and to the staff serving these children.
CDC has posted information about 2009 H1N1 Flu for people with disabilities and their caregivers on its Web site.
Seasonal and 2009 H1N1 Flu: For Parents Who Have Children or Adolescents with High-Risk Medical Conditions
This brochure for parents provides specific information regarding what children are considered to be at risk, as well as guidance on symptoms, vaccines, and treatment.
Podcast given by Dr. Georgina Peacock, Co-lead of CDC's H1N1 Children's Health Team
This podcast contains information for parents about children with high-risk conditions and flu. The podcast is approximately 8 minutes long and provides valuable information for parents.
The CDC released new technical assistance announcing that people with certain disabilities, including intellectual disabilities, are at risk of contracting the 2009 H1N1 flu and should be considered in the priority group to receive the H1N1 vaccine. The announcement also clarified that direct support professionals and "others" in constant contact with these individuals with disabilities are in the priority group to receive the vaccine. Parent caregivers are part of the "others" category.
Vincent A. Campbell, PhD, Jamylle A. Gilyard, MPH, Lisa Sinclair, MPH, Tom Sternberg, MSc and June I. Kailes, LCSW, MSW
State, local, tribal, and territorial emergency managers and public health officials must address the specific needs of people with disabilities in their pandemic influenza plans.
A Power Point developed by Drs. Mark Swanson and Vince Campbell at CDC to inform pandemic influenza and preparedness response for people with disabilities.
Flu information for infants, children, and women who are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding.