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1 2009 Pandemic Influenza Preparation Presented by Midland ISD Health Services

2 Definitions Pandemic – a disease outbreak occurring over a wide geographic area and affecting an exceptionally high proportion of the population. M ay come and go in waves, each of which can last months at a time Different from seasonal flu Effects can be lessened if preparations are made ahead of time More illness is anticipated this fall than was seen last spring June 2009 World Health Organization declared H1N1 a pandemic

3 Fever Cough Sore Throat Diarrhea and/or vomiting Aches and pains H1N1 Symptoms Groups at High Risk for Complications: Children less than 5 years old Children 5-18 and young adults 18-24 Persons 65 years or older Pregnant women Adults and children with: Chronic pulmonary, cardiovascular, hepatic, hematological, neurological, neuromuscular, metabolic disorders and/or immunosuppressant including those caused by medications or HIV Nursing home residents

4 Prevention Cover your nose and mouth with tissue when you cough or sneeze. Wash hands often or use hand sanitizer. Avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth. Avoid close contact with sick people. Stay home and away from others when sick.

5 Prevention Those with flu-like symptoms and fever of 100 degrees or more should stay home for at least 24 hours after they no longer have fever, without the use of fever-reducing medicines. Everyone should be encouraged to get a seasonal flu shot. People with symptoms and fever are encouraged to contact their doctor.

6 Anti-viral vs. Vaccine The H1N1 vaccine should be ready in mid-October.

7 Preparation is KEY Goal is to protect students and staff. Decisions must be made according to the severity of the illness and community flu activity. The decision to close schools is to be made by local school authority.

8 Preparation is KEY

9 Communication Efforts H1N1 posters and brochures Health Services webpage updates Web site links and updates Back pack letter after 1 st week of school Signs and hand sanitizer in all campus public access areas

10 Key Messages Hand hygiene Cough etiquette Stay home when you’re sick Be prepared to be sick Get your flu shot Pick up your sick child in a timely manner

11 Resources

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