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Home with Flu

November 17, 2009

sick boy (WinCE) (Custom)Since the release of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) revised infection control guidance this past summer, local health departments nationwide have faced challenges with how to effectively communicate key messages to the public about when to keep sick kids home from school/childcare and when to seek medical care.

At the Seattle & King County Public Health Department in Washington State, the health department faced such a surge of parents seeking guidance on how to protect their children from the flu that the health department took matters into their own hands and developed a tool called Home with Flu.  

Home with Flu is a two-page comic book that communicates critical information to the reader through the use of pictures and text. The tool was created so that it would be user-friendly and meaningful to a diverse audience, including those with limited-English proficiency or low literacy levels. It is available in 14 languages and is now distributed outside of the Seattle area.

Read about the development of this tool in "Keeping Children and Teens Home with the Flu: An Innovative Communication Tool for Parents and Caregivers," featured in this month's NACCHO Preparedness Brief. To view past issues of the Preparedness Brief or to sign up to receive this e-letter regularly featuring the latest up-to-date information, articles, tools, and resources about H1N1, please click here.

The Seattle & King County Public Health Department is one of NACCHO’s Advanced Practice Centers. NACCHO's Advanced Practice Centers (APC) Program is a network of local health departments that exist to serve the public health community, developing resources and training.


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