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  • Pandemic Flu Event Informational Presentation Revised

    1. 1. Pandemic Flu Event Informational Presentation May 4, 2009
    2. 2. Pandemic vs. Seasonal <ul><li>Pandemic Flu= </li></ul><ul><ul><li>novel virus (new to human population) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>no immunities, so spreads easily and sustainably </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>no vaccinations yet </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>healthy adults may be at risk </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Seasonal Flu= </li></ul><ul><ul><li>some populations have immunities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>very young, elderly, and those with underlying health conditions are most at risk </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>modest impact on community </li></ul></ul>
    3. 3. Swine Flu <ul><li>medically termed “H1N1” virus </li></ul><ul><li>H and N refer to proteins making up the virus </li></ul><ul><li>a combination of 2 parts swine virus, 1 part avian virus, and 1 part human virus—a novel combination </li></ul><ul><li>originally transmitted pig to human; now capable of human to human transmission </li></ul>
    4. 4. Symptoms <ul><li>Fever: 100.4 degrees or higher </li></ul><ul><li>Muscle aches </li></ul><ul><li>Cough, sore throat </li></ul><ul><li>Fatigue </li></ul><ul><li>At times there may be nausea/vomiting and/or diarrhea </li></ul><ul><li>Thus far, symptoms for H1N1 are considered mild in the U.S. </li></ul>
    5. 5. Contagion <ul><li>People are contagious 12-48 hrs before knowing they are ill. </li></ul><ul><li>People are contagious for 7 days after symptoms have presented or for 24 hrs after fever has broken, whichever is longer. </li></ul>
    6. 6. Preventing Illness <ul><li>Wash hands frequently with soap and water or alcohol-based gel. </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth. </li></ul><ul><li>Use cough etiquette: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cough into elbow, not hand. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use tissues once and throw away, then wash hands. </li></ul></ul>
    7. 7. Preventing Illness (cont.) <ul><li>Avoid contact with sick people. </li></ul><ul><li>If sick, stay home; isolate yourself from your family in a bedroom. </li></ul><ul><li>If sick, call your doctor before going to the doctor’s office. </li></ul><ul><li>If sick, wear a mask when in the presence of anyone else. (Healthy people do not need to wear a mask.) </li></ul>
    8. 8. What PSD Is Doing at This Time <ul><li>Daily contact with Center for Disease Control & Prevention. ( ) </li></ul><ul><li>Daily contact with Pierce County Health Department. ( ) </li></ul><ul><li>Daily contact with Pierce County Emergency Management. (www. </li></ul>
    9. 9. What We Are Doing…. <ul><li>Established a District Lead Team which is building and implementing a plan </li></ul><ul><li>Conducting daily briefings </li></ul><ul><li>Sending out a daily “Health Bulletin” to our building principals and Board of Directors </li></ul><ul><li>Sent a letter (in 5 languages) to families, and notified families and staff by School Messenger </li></ul><ul><li>Updating continually the PSD website </li></ul>
    10. 10. What We Are Doing (cont.) <ul><li>Providing extra cleaning measures by custodians of “high-touch” surfaces </li></ul><ul><li>Tracking percentages of student and staff absenteeism at each school </li></ul><ul><li>Provided to schools and departments: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Masks for health rooms for ill students or staff </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Posters for offices, classrooms, and restrooms </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Warning poster for front doors </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Alcohol gel for students in portables </li></ul></ul></ul>
    11. 11. Remember… <ul><li>This event is fluid. </li></ul><ul><li>Information about the virus is fluid. </li></ul><ul><li>Prevention plans are fluid. </li></ul><ul><li>Directions to schools and staff will change as the Center for Disease Control and Pierce County Dept. of Health learn more and change their recommendations. </li></ul>
    12. 12. New Vocabulary <ul><li>Suspected = a person is ill with flu-like symptoms but has not yet been tested or test results are not yet available </li></ul><ul><li>Probable = test results show positive for flu virus, but not yet confirmed for which flu virus (seasonal or H1N1) </li></ul><ul><li>Confirmed = Center for Disease Control or state lab tests confirm positive for H1N1 </li></ul>
    13. 13. School Closures <ul><li>If a school has a probable or confirmed case, the Pierce County Health Dept. will recommend that we close the school for at least 7 days. We have already decided that we will comply. </li></ul><ul><li>If a school has a suspected case, we will close for 1-2 days until testing is confirmed. </li></ul>
    14. 14. EJH and WHS Why aren’t they closed? <ul><li>Not recommended by the Tacoma-Pierce County Dept. of Health at this time. Both siblings: </li></ul><ul><li>Mild to moderate symptoms </li></ul><ul><li>Have completely recovered </li></ul><ul><li>At the schools: </li></ul><ul><li>Anecdotal data is being taken through interviews </li></ul><ul><li>Staff absenteeism is being monitored </li></ul><ul><li>Long-term monitoring of students </li></ul>
    15. 15. What If My School Closes? <ul><li>You will be notified by School Messenger if your school closes. </li></ul><ul><li>You will be notified whether to stay home or report to work. </li></ul><ul><li>School activities and gatherings will be cancelled. </li></ul><ul><li>We may apply for a waiver to OSPI to not have to make up days. </li></ul>
    16. 16. Questions? <ul><li>If you still have a question after reviewing the information posted on the District’s website, you may address “Communications” on Groupwise Email; we will respond to your question. </li></ul>