We are aware that with the spread of Influenza A (H1N1 or Swine Flu), it is vital that camps have policies in place to combat this outbreak. We contacted the Ministry of Health and they have referred us to the following websites.
http://www.moh.govt.nz/influenza-a-h1n1 , http://www.dol.govt.nz/initiatives/workplace/pandemic/general-info.asp
In General to be prepared… If you've got flu symptoms, stay at home for seven days after your symptoms begin or until you have been symptom-free for 24 hours, whichever is longer. Stop the spread of flu germs by:
- Covering coughs and sneezes
- Regularly washing your hands and drying them thoroughly
- Avoiding contact with sick people and reducing time spent in crowded settings.
If your condition worsens, seek medical advice by PHONING Healthline 0800 611 116 or your healthcare provider.
Some Camping specific tips:
· Keeping people at least an arm's length away from one another while sleeping, and placing them head-to-foot in bunk beds.
· Screening people upon arrival at camp. Physical assessment may not be necessary but, at minimum, everyone should be asked (a) how they're feeling upon arrival; (b)if they've been exposed to any communicable diseases in the past two, three weeks; and (c) have they been given a visual appraisal for signs of communicable diseases (e.g., scratching the head, sniffling, feverish appearance).
· Maintaining personal resilience by making sure everyone — staff and campers alike — has adequate food, water, and sleep/rest. Consider sleeping-in for thirty minutes on rainy days, sending tired youth to bed early, extending rest hour on rainy days, and having down-time to use effectively (especially important for staff). Since many kids can't eat enough at one meal to last to the next, consider having a nutritious snack available in your dining area. Assess access to drinking water for campers and staff; is it adequate? Is it used?!?
We will keep you updated with any Camping specifics as they come to hand.
PA to Jenni Davies (CEO)
Christian Camping New Zealand
PO Box 102 | Taupo | 3351
ph: 07 378 6997 | cell: 027 211 6455