“Increasing risk perception is important because [child care] providers may not be concerned about taking measures to reduce the probability of infection if they feel that they are at low risk” (Thackeray et al., 2016).
If you would be in support of ensuring childcare givers know their CMV risk and how to prevent it, please let me know so I can make you aware of opportunities to express your support--either through writing a letter and/or voicing your support on my TV show and other speaking events.
For policy makers/daycare directors who want to see a sample memo for child care employees and learn the "15 Reasons Child Care Providers Need to Know about CMV," click on my pamphlet: CT Child Care Providers Against CMV. If interested in having me speak to your group, click the following for my outline and talking points for a presentation on CMV in Child Care or download the pdf.
ChildCare Aware of America published my article, "The Danger of Spreading CMV: How We Can Protect Our Children," but there needs to be a law to ensure all child care providers learn about CMV and the recommendations made by the American Academy of Pediatrics et al., in Caring for Our Children, and NAEYC: National Association for the Education of Young Children in its "Early Childhood Program Standards and Accreditation Criteria and Guidance for Assessment (10.D.01, p.91), which" includes: "a. steps to reduce occupational hazards such as infectious diseases (e.g., exposure of pregnant staff to CMV [cytomegalovirus], chicken pox)..."
15 Reasons Why Child Care Providers (and all women of childbearing age) Should Be Informed About Congenital CMV (includes embedded links)
1) Congenital CMV is the #1 Birth Defects Virus (Carlson et al., 2010). "More children will have disabilities due to congenital CMV than other well-known infections and syndromes, including own Syndrome, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Spina Bifida, and Pediatric HIV/AIDS" (NationalCMV.org).
- National CMV Foundation flyer: Are You Pregnant? (2017). Retrieved from Connecticut Department of Public Health: http://www.ct.gov/dph/lib/dph/
- About Cytomegalovirus (CMV) FOR OBSTETRIC HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS. (2017). Retrieved from Connecticut Department of Public Health: http://www.ct.gov/dph/lib/dph/
- About Cytomegalovirus (CMV): TESTING FOR OBSTETRIC HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS. (2017). Retrieved from Connecticut Department of Public Health: http://www.ct.gov/dph/lib/dph/
2015: The following CMV testing bill passed in 2015: H.B. No. 5525: An Act Concerning Cytomegalovirus. (2015). Retrieved from Connecticut General Assembly: https://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&which_year=2015&bill_num=5525+
- Child Care and CMV (American Academy of Pediatrics [AAP] et al., Caring for Our Children, 2011).
- Flyers: National CMV Foundation: Click the following for simple flyers for downloading. The National CMV Foundation allowed the Connecticut Department of Public Health to include its logo in this flyer.
- Recent survey of child care providers (most have never heard of CMV).
- Study showing that diaper wipes do not kill CMV.
- Study: "In the past, the hazards facing child care workers have largely been ignored by health and safety professionals, due in part to a lack of awareness of hazards and inconsistencies in state health and safety requirements" (Bright et al., 1999).
- Rights of child care providers: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) states it is a worker's right to know occupational hazards.
- State child care licencing departments: click here.
- States with a CMV law: click here.
- Study: "Children cared for at daycare or in preschool education exhibit a two to three times greater risk of acquiring infections...control measures are indispensable to the prevention and control of infectious diseases." (Nesti et al,, 2007).
- Child with Congenital CMV in Your Childcare Center? What to tell your staff
- 15 Reasons to Tell Child Care Providers About CMV (for pdf, click here)
- Fact sheet from MotherToBaby.org on CMV includes child care providers.
- CMV prevention brochure specifically for child care providers: Utah's brochure for childcare providers.
- NAEYC: National Association for the Education of Young Children and its "Early Childhood Program Standards and Accreditation Criteria and Guidance for Assessment (10.D.01, p.91)" includes: "a. steps to reduce occupational hazards such as infectious diseases (e.g., exposure of pregnant staff to CMV [cytomegalovirus], chicken pox)..."
- UTAH WAS FIRST STATE TO PASS CMV EDUCATION AND PREVENTION LAW: H.B. 81 Second Substitute Cytomegalovirus Public Health Initiative. (2013 General Session). Retrieved from Utah State Legislature: http://le.utah.gov/~2013/bills/static/hb0081.html
- ChildCare Aware of America article, "The Danger of Spreading CMV: How We Can Protect Our Children."