The H1N1 Virus and Education<br />By: Aaron Tuuk<br />
The Virus and Schools Today<br />Many schools have been effected<br />Major concern for families and school districts alike<br />
What is the H1N1 Virus?<br />The H1N1 Virus is a new form of the influenza virus<br />The influenza virus causes flu like symptoms and usually happen seasonally<br />
When, Where…Now?<br />The first case of the H1N1 strand of influenza in the United States was diagnosed in April 2009<br />The rapid spread of the virus is causing a pandemic and has reached global proportion<br />
Why is it called “Swine Flu?”<br />Researchers believed that the genes in the H1N1 virus were very similar to those found in the influenza virus found in pigs (swine) in North America<br />
School Closings<br />Federal health officials originally told schools to shut down if there were any confirmed case of the H1N1 virus<br />
Federal Opinion <br />Federal officials soon changed their opinion after they realized they virus was more milder than first realized<br />
H1N1 Vaccine<br />Vaccine has been controversial<br />Little has been proven about its effectiveness<br />
Vaccine Side Effects<br />Can cause mild flu like symptoms<br />Can cause itchy/sore red eyes<br />
Schools Today <br />Schools today are not told to commit to a total shut down if a single student contracts the virus<br />Schools are just told to take precautionary measures including the emphasis on washing hands and other mild sanitation<br />
Resources<br />“H1N1 Virus in Schools,” Thomas H. MaughII, LATimes.com<br />"Swine Flu Disruption Has School Officials Looking for Lessons,” Erik Robelen, FirstSearch.org<br />"H1N1 Flu & U.S. Schools: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions,“ The U.S. Department of Education, FirstSearch.org<br />All Images are from Flickr.com<br />
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