There is no way the children’s book “Teddy is Ready” can address every possible safety concern. it is designed to be a tool that can help parents and caregivers initiate age appropriate conversations about relevant safety issues.  A current topic is the public health crisis related to the Zika virus.  In the book, Teddy introduces the topic of public health with the page below. TEDDY IS READY FINAL BOOK july_Page_20 While covering your cough and washing hands can help reduce the spread of certain viruses and diseases, they are not the key to preventing the spread of Zika; which is predominately spread through mosquito bites and sexual activity.  You can order Teddy is Ready here and please sign up for our free members section so you can access future updates (like this one)!   Here are some resources that can help you better prepare for and prevent the spread of the Zika virus:

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Zika Preparedness Guidelines for Schools and Daycares


1. Educate your school community

The risks of mosquito bites and how to protect themselves

Symptoms of Zika

If and how to apply insect repellent to children

How to talk to children about Zika

Sexual transmission of Zika

2. As appropriate, consider the following

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents containing one of these active ingredients: DEET, picaridin, IR3535, or oil of lemon eucalyptus or para-menthane-diol

]Relocating outdoor events in areas that are heavily infected with mosquitos.

Rescheduling outdoor activities to avoid dawn and dusk (when mosquitos are most active).  Be mindful of the risk of heat-related illnesses.

Long-sleeved shirts and long pants

Clothing and gear treated with permethrin that will provide an added layer of protection

Lightweight, loose fitting clothing during the warmer months. When wearing longer sleeves and pants, take additional steps to prevent heat-related illnesses (for example, drink additional water and take rest breaks)

3. Conduct routine mosquito control around school properties

Once a week, empty and scrub, turn over, cover, or throw out any items that hold water where mosquitoes lay eggs

Repair septic tanks and screens on windows and doors

Treat standing water that cannot be removed and will not be used for drinking or swimming with larvicides

Use outdoor and indoor insecticides according to label instructions to kill mosquitoes

Contact your local mosquito control district for assistance with applying insecticides and conducting larval control in water that will not be used for drinking

4. Support members of the school community

If requested, consider reassigning anyone who indicates she is or may become pregnant, or who is male and has a sexual partner who is or may become pregnant, to indoor tasks to reduce their risk of mosquito bites

Ensure that staff and students receive prompt and appropriate medical evaluation and follow-up after a suspected exposure to Zika virus

Provide resources for those traveling