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September 2019

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Upcoming Events

September 12 - Thursday
Understanding the Basics of an IEP: for children with special needs
RSVP 257-1092, please indicate if you will need child care when you call

September 17 - Tuesday
Car Seat Check
9:00am - 12:30pm
American Legion Hall, Sutter Creek

September 28 - Saturday
10:00am - 12:00pm
Space limited, please RSVP to save your spot: 257-1092

October 8 and 10 - Tuesday/Thursday - two part workshop
The ECERS Classroom Day 1 and ECERS Activities Day 2
2:00-5:00pm both days
RSVP  257-1092

October 8 and 10 - Tuesday/Thursday - two part workshop
6:00-8:00pm both days
RSVP  257-1092

Ongoing Events:

Grandparent Cafe
Call for more information, 223-1624, x204.

Toddler Playgroups
Playgroups follow the ACUSD calendar.

The Flu
A Guide for Parents

Influenza (also known as flu) is a contagious respiratory  illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat  and lungs. Flu is different from a cold, and usually comes on  suddenly. Each year flu viruses cause millions of illnesses,  hundreds of thousands of hospital stays and thousands or
tens of thousands of deaths in the United States.

Flu can be very dangerous for children. CDC estimates that  between 6,000 and 26,000 children younger than 5 years
have been hospitalized each year in the United States  because of influenza. The 
flu vaccine is safe and helps  protect children from flu.

What Parents Should Know

How serious is flu?
While flu illness can vary from mild to severe, children  often need medical care because of flu. Children younger  than 5 years and children of any age with certain long-term  health problems are at high risk of flu complications like  pneumonia, bronchitis, sinus and ear infections. Some
health problems that are known to make children more  vulnerable to flu include asthma, diabetes and disorders  of the brain or nervous system.

How does flu spread?
Flu viruses are thought to spread mainly by droplets made  when someone with flu coughs, sneezes or talks. These  droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people nearby.  A person also can get flu by touching something that has flu  virus on it and then touching their mouth, eyes, or nose.

What are flu symptoms?
Flu symptoms can include fever, cough,  sore throat, runny or stuffy nose,  body aches, headache, chills,  feeling tired and sometimes  vomiting and diarrhea (more  common in children than adults).  Some people with the flu will not  have a fever.

Protect Your Child

How can I protect my child from flu?

The first and best way to protect against flu is to get a yearly  flu vaccine for yourself and your child. 
  • Flu vaccination is recommended for everyone 6 months and older every year. Flu shots and nasal spray flu vaccines are both options for vaccination.
  • It's especially important that young children and children with certain long-term health problems get vaccinated.
  • Caregivers of children at high risk of flu complications should get a flu vaccine. (Babies younger than 6 months are at high risk for serious flu complications, but too young to get a flu vaccine.)
  • Pregnant women should get a flu vaccine to protect themselves and their baby from flu. Research shows that flu vaccination protects the baby from flu for several months after birth.
  • Flu viruses are constantly changing and so flu vaccines are updated often to protect against the flu viruses that research indicates are most likely to cause illness during the upcoming flu season.
Is flu vaccine safe?

Flu vaccines are made using strict safety and production  measures. Millions of people have safely received flu  vaccines for decades. Flu shots and nasal spray flu vaccines  are both options for vaccination. Different types of flu  vaccines are licensed for different ages. Each person should
get one that is appropriate for their age. CDC and the  American Academy of Pediatrics recommend an annual flu  vaccine for all children 6 months and older.

What are the benefits of getting a flu vaccine?
  • A flu vaccine can keep you and your child from getting sick. When vaccine viruses and circulating viruses are matched, flu vaccination has been shown to reduce the risk of getting sick with flu by about half.
  • Flu vaccines can keep your child from being hospitalized from flu. One recent study showed that flu vaccine reduced children's risk of flu-related pediatric intensive care unit admission by 74%.
  • Flu vaccine can prevent your child from dying from flu. A study using data from recent flu seasons found that flu vaccine reduced the risk of flu-associated death by half among children with high risk medical conditions and by nearly two-thirds among children without medical conditions.
  • Flu vaccination also may make your illness milder if you do get sick.
  • Getting yourself and your child vaccinated also can protect others who may be more vulnerable to serious flu illness, like babies and young children, older people, and people with certain long-term health problems.
What are some other ways I can protect my  child against flu?

In addition to getting a flu vaccine, you and your child  should take everyday actions to help prevent the spread  of germs. 

Stay away from people who are sick as much as possible to  keep from getting sick yourself. If you or your child are sick,  avoid others as much as possible to keep from infecting  them. Also, remember to regularly cover your coughs  and sneezes, wash your hands often, avoid touching your  eyes, nose and mouth, and clean surfaces that may be  contaminated with flu viruses. These everyday actions can  help reduce your chances of getting sick and prevent the  spread of germs to others if you are sick. However, a yearly  flu vaccine is the best way to prevent flu illness.

If Your Child is Sick

What can I do if my child gets sick?

Talk to your doctor early if you are worried about your  child's illness.
Make sure your child gets plenty of rest and drinks  enough fluids.

If your child is 5 years or older and does not have a long-term  health problems and gets flu symptoms, including a  fever and/or cough, consult your doctor as needed.

Children younger than 5 years of age - especially those  younger than 2 years - and children with certain long-term  health problems (including asthma, diabetes and disorders  of the brain or nervous system), are at high risk of serious  flu complications. Call your doctor or take your child to the  doctor right away if they develop flu symptoms.

What if my child seems very sick?

Even healthy children can get very sick from flu. If your child  is experiencing the following emergency warning signs, you  should go to the emergency room:
  • Fast breathing or trouble breathing
  • Bluish lips or face
  • Ribs pulling in with each breath
  • Chest pain
  • Severe muscle pain (child refuses to walk)
  • Dehydration (no urine for 8 hours, dry mouth, no tears when crying)
  • Not alert or interacting when awake
  • Seizures
  • Fever above 104°F
  • In children less than 12 weeks, any fever
  • Fever or cough that improve but then return or worsen
  • Worsening of chronic medical conditions
This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical  provider for any other symptom that is severe or concerning.

Is there a medicine to treat flu?

Yes. Antiviral drugs are prescription medicines that can be  used to treat flu illness. They can shorten your illness and  make it milder, and they can prevent serious complications  that could result in a hospital stay. Antivirals work best when  started during the first 2 days of illness. Antiviral drugs are  recommended to treat flu in people who are very sick (for  example, people who are in the hospital) or people who are  at high risk of serious flu complications who get flu symptoms.  Antivirals can be given to children and pregnant women.

How long can a sick person spread flu to others?

People with flu may be able to infect others from 1 day before  getting sick to up to 5 to 7 days after. Severely ill people or  young children may be able to spread the flu longer, especially if
they still have symptoms. 

Can my child go to school, day care, or camp if  he or she is sick?

No. Your child should stay home to rest and to avoid spreading  flu to other children or caregivers. 

When can my child go back to school after  having flu?

Keep your child home from school, day care, or camp for at  least 24 hours after their fever is gone. (The fever should be  gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.) A fever
is defined as 100°F (37.8°C)* or higher.

For more information, visit or 
call 800-CDC-INFO

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Calling all children 0 to 5 years of age - get 
free books for your children!

Sign your child up today and start receiving one free book every
 month from the Imagination Library! This is a free program, paid for by First 5 Amador and donations from local individuals and service organizations locally. Books are available to all Amador County children aged 0-4 (from birth until their 5th birthday).
All you have to do is read to your child!   

For more information and to register online, click  HERE.
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Dad and Me Every Month!

Celebrate being a dad (or uncle, or grandpa...) every month at  our D ad and Me outings, held at fun venues around the county!

Join us for this month's Dad & Me event... 
Let's Welcome Fall at the Library

Create fun fall crafts: leaf rubbings, sponge paintings, and make your very own fall wreath! Print the flyer HERE.

Enjoy a free book and snacks too. Open to ALL children aged 0-5 and their dad, grandpa, uncle, etc... and all FREE! 

Saturday, September 28 , 10:00am - 12:00pm.  
Amador County Library, 530 Sutter Street, Jackson

Call (209) 257-1092 to save your spot!

Save the fourth Saturday of every month for more outings held at fun venues around the county. Story time, a snack and a free book are provided each month!

For Lilliput's full July-September newsletter, click  HERE.

Calling all Child Care Providers 
& Preschool Teachers!
Are you a family child care provider or preschool center staff participating in Amador "Quality for Kids?" 

If you need to accrue professional development hours, you can earn a stipend through Quality for Kids. 

Check out these upcoming workshops below, as well as these fantastic, short, ONLINE workshops!



Find more workshops: 
HERE (from The Resource Connection)
  HERE (from the Child Care Education Institute).

How can you give kids the best start in life?  
... by taking your children to well-child and dental check ups and also, by doing an "ASQ."
The Ages & Stages Questionnaires (ASQ) is a way to make sure your child is "on track." The screening tools are designed  to be completed by parents or primary caregivers, that encourage parent-caregiver involvement. 
Each questionnaire can be completed in 10-20 minutes, and is divided into five areas: Communication, Gross Motor, Fine Motor, Problem Solving, and Personal-Social. 
The benefit for all children and families is so that parents/caregivers know which areas they can focus on at home with their children.
For more information, please call First 5 Amador at 257-1092. 
Get Involved! 
Would you like to improve the quality of care you offer to children in your family child care home, preschool setting, or other early learning environment?

Give us a call at First 5 and find out about the many resources (and incentives!) available to you, (209) 257-1092. 

The  Amador Network of Care  community web site and community announcements page is a resource for individuals, families and agencies concerned with behavioral health. It provides information about behavioral health services, laws, and related news, as well as communication tools and other features. Regardless of where you begin your search for assistance with community resources or behavioral health issues, the  Network of Care  helps you find what you need - it helps ensure that there is "No Wrong Door" for those who need services. 

One day, California's success 
will be measured by the 
well-being of its youngest children.

Calling all children 0 to 5 years of age.
Join Amador's favorite reading club!
Get free books for your children!

Over 700    Amador kids are receiving books each month!  

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Sign your child up today and start receiving one free book every
 month from the Imagination Library! This is a free program, paid for by First 5 Amador and donations from local individuals and service organizations locally. Books are available to all Amador County children aged 0-4 (from birth until their 5th birthday).
All you have to do is read to your child!   

For more information click HERE.

It's Our Job as Adults to Keep Kids Safe

Stay up to date on all the news and information about keeping our kids safe from abuse and neglect. Sign up for the Amador Child Abuse Prevention Council's monthly e-newsletter HERE!
First 5 Amador | (209) 257-1092 |

PO Box 815 / 975 Broadway | Jackson, CA 95642
First 5 Amador supports and designs programs for children 0-5 years old and their Families.
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