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2012-2013 Flu Information James R. Ginder, MS, NREMT,PI,CHES,NCEE Health Education Specialist Hamilton County Health Department www.hamiltoncounty.in.gov.

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1 Flu Information James R. Ginder, MS, NREMT,PI,CHES,NCEE Health Education Specialist Hamilton County Health Department

2 The Reader Will Be Able To…  List the symptoms of the flu  Explain three ways the flu can be transmitted  Define what two kinds of flu vaccine are available  Name three ways to prevent the flu

3 What Is Influenza (Flu)  The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the  Nose  Throat  Lungs  It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death  The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year

4 Signs and Symptoms Of Flu…  People who have the flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:  Fever or feeling feverish/chilled  Cough  Sore throat  Runny or stuffy nose  Muscle or body aches  Headaches  Fatigue (very tired)  Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.  It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.

5 How It Is Transmitted…  The flu viruses spread mainly by droplets made when people with flu:  Cough  Sneeze  Or talk  These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby  Less often, a person might also develop the flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth, eyes or nos e

6 Period Of Contagion…  You may be able to pass on the flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick  Most healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick  Some people, especially young children and people with weakened immune systems, might be able to infect others for an even longer time.

7 Groups At Risk For Transmitting The Flu…  People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from flu include:  Healthcare workers  Household contacts of persons at high risk for complications from the flu  Household contacts and out of home caregivers of children less than 6 months of age (these children are too young to be vaccinated)

8 Complications Of Flu…  Complications of flu can include:  Bacterial pneumonia  Ear and sinus infections  Dehydration  Worsening of chronic medical conditions, such as:  Congestive heart failure  Asthma  Diabetes

9 Groups At Higher Risk For Developing Flu Complications…  Children 6 months to 18 years of age  Pregnant women  People 50 years of age and older  People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions (heart, lung or kidney disease and weakened immune systems)  People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities

10 What Viruses Will Be In the Flu Vaccine…  On February 23, 2012 the WHO recommended that the Northern Hemisphere's seasonal influenza vaccine be made from the following three vaccine viruses:  an A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)pdm09- like virus  an A/Victoria/361/2011 (H3N2)-like virus  a B/Wisconsin/1/2010-like virus (from the B/Yamagata lineage of viruses) New Flu Vaccine This vaccine is different than the one used in the flu season

11 The Flu Vaccine…  Flu Shot  Inactivated vaccines (containing killed virus) that are given with a needle  A high-dose vaccine for people 65 and older which also is given intramuscularly

12 The Flu Vaccine…  The single best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccine each season.  There are two types of flu vaccine:  Inactivated (Killed)  Live (Weakned)  There are several methods that the flu vaccine can be give

13 The Flu Vaccine…  An intradermal vaccine for people 18 to 64 years of age which is injected with a shorter needle into the “dermis” or skin.  If you are interested in this vaccine, contact your health care provider

14 The Flu Vaccine…  FluMist vaccine — a vaccine made with live, weakened flu viruses that is given as a nasal spray (sometimes called LAIV for “Live Attenuated Influenza Vaccine”).  The viruses in the nasal spray vaccine do not cause the flu.  LAIV is approved for use in healthy people 2 to 49 years of age who are not pregnant.

15 Who Needs To Be Vaccinated…  Everyone should receive a flu vaccine for the flu season  Except if the person is:  Under six months of age  Or has a severe egg allergy

16 Who Should NOT Get Vaccinated…  People who have a severe allergy to chicken eggs  People who have previously had a severe reaction to an influenza vaccination  People who developed Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS) within 6 weeks of getting an influenza vaccine  Children less than 6 months of age (influenza vaccine is not approved for this age group)  People who have a moderate-to-severe illness with a fever (they should wait until they recover to get vaccinated.)

17 Children And Flu Vaccine  Older children need one dose of the flu vaccine each year  Some children younger than 9 years of age need two doses to protect them  Ask your healthcare provider for more information

18 When Should I Get My Flu Vaccine…  CDC recommends that influenza vaccination begin as soon as vaccine becomes available in the community and continue throughout the flu season.  It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against influenza. Influenza season can begin as early as October.

19 What Are The Side Effects Of The Flu Vaccine…  Mild side effects include:  Soreness, redness, or swelling at the vaccination site  Hoarseness, cough  Red or itchy eyes  Fever, body aches and fatigue  Headaches  Itching If these symptoms do develop, they beng soon after vaccination and last 1-2 days

20 What Are The Side Effects Of FluMist (Live Vaccine)  FluMist is made from a weakened virus and DOES NOT cause the flu  The vaccine can cause mild symptoms in people who receive the vaccine  The mild symptoms include:  Runny nose, nasal congestion  Cough, sore throat, wheezing  Chills, tiredness/weakness  Abdominal pain or occasional vomiting or diarrhea

21 How To Prevent The Flu…  Avoid close contact:  Avoid close contact with people who are sick.  When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.  Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.

22 How To Prevent The Flu…  Wash your hands  Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs  Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.  Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth  Practice other good health habits  Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food

23 Handwashing…

24 How To Use Hand Antiseptics

25 Cover Your Cough…  Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze  Cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands, when a tissue is not available  Put your used tissue in the waste  basket  Clean your hands after coughing or sneezing  Wash with soap and water or alcohol- based hand sanitizer

26 Antiviral Drugs And Flu…  When used for treatment, antiviral drugs can lessen symptoms and shorten the time you are sick by 1 or 2 days.  They also can prevent serious flu complications.  Treatment with an antiviral drug can mean the difference between having a milder illness versus a very serious illness. Getting the flu could result in a hospital stay for people with a high risk medical condition.

27 Antiviral Drugs And Flu…  There are two antiviral drugs recommended this season.  The brand names for these are:  Tamiflu® (generic name oseltamivir)  Tamiflu ® is available in pills or liquid  Relenza® (generic name zanamivir)  Relenza ® is a powder that is inhaled and it is not recommended for people with breathing problems, such as asthma or COPD

28 What If I Get Sick?  Most people with the flu have mild illness and do not need medical care or antiviral drugs  In most cases, people who get sick with flu symptoms should STAY HOME and avoid contact with others unless they need medical care  If you have symptoms of flu and are very sick or worried about your illness, contact your healthcare provider

29 How Long Should I Stay Home…  Stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever has subsided except to get medical care or do other things no one else can do for you  Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine, such as Tylenol®  You should stay home from work, school, travel, shopping, social events, and public gatherings

30 5 Steps To Take If You Develop The Flu…  Stay at home and rest  Avoid close contact with well people in your house so you won’t make them sick  Drink plenty of water and other clear liquids to prevent fluid loss (dehydration)  Treat fever and cough with medicines you can buy at the store  If you get very sick, are pregnant or have a medical condition that puts you at higher risk of flu complications (like asthma...), call your doctor. You might need antiviral medicine to treat flu.

31 Flu Emergencies In Infants…  If your infant has any of the following symptoms, call their healthcare provider ASAP:  Inability to eat  Trouble breathing  No tears when crying  Significantly fewer wet diapers than normal

32 Flu Emergencies In Children…  If your child has any of the symptoms below, call their healthcare provider ASAP:  Fast or troubled breathing  Bluish skin color  Not drinking enough fluids  Not waking up or not interacting  Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held  Flu-like symptoms improve, but then return with fever and worsened cough  Fever with rash

33 Flu Emergencies In Adults…  If you have any of the symptoms below, call your healthcare provider ASAP:  Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath  Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen  Sudden dizziness  Confusion  Severe or persistent vomiting  Flu-like symptoms improve, but then return with fever and worsened cough

34 Do You Have The Flu Or A Cold

35 SymptomColdFlu Fever Fever is rare with a cold. Fever is usually present with the flu in up to 80% of all flu cases. A temperature of 100°F or higher for 3 to 4 days is associated with the flu. Cough A hacking, productive (mucus- producing) cough is often present with a cold. A non-productive (non-mucus producing) cough is usually present with the flu (sometimes referred to as dry cough). A ches Slight body aches and pains can be part of a cold. Severe aches and pains are common with the flu. Stuffy Nose Stuffy nose is common with a cold and typically resolves spontaneously within a week. Stuffy nose is not common with the flu. Chills Chills are uncommon with a cold. 60% of people who have the flu experience chills. Tiredness Tiredness is fairly mild with a cold. Tiredness is moderate to severe with the flu. Headache A headache is fairly uncommon with a cold. A headache is very common with the flu, present in 80% of flu cases. Sore Throat Sore throat is common with a cold.Sore throat is not common with the flu. Chest Discomfort Chest discomfort is mild to moderate with a cold. Chest discomfort is often severe with the flu. Sudden Symptoms Cold symptoms tend to develop over a few days. The flu has a rapid onset within 3-6 hours. The flu hits hard and includes sudden symptoms like high fever, aches and pains.

36 Evaluation… Please click on the picture below to complete the evaluation

37 Source…  Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP)  Center For Disease Control and Prevention  Vaccine Information Statement “Influenza Vaccine ”  World Health Organization If you use any of this information, please site the Hamilton County Health Department


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