What Do We Need to Know about H1N1 Influenza? August / September 2009
H1N1 Influenza A <ul><li>Identified in the United States in April 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>First cases assessed by a school ...
So much information! <ul><li>There is so much information available </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Media </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li...
Quality Information for Schools <ul><li>New York State Education Department </li></ul><ul><li>New York State Department of...
What Do I Need to Know NOW? <ul><li>H1N1 Influenza A is a newly identified flu </li></ul><ul><li>Vaccine is expected to be...
<ul><li>H1N1 Influenza isn’t a more severe flu – it’s just a new strain </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Spreads easily – no vaccine ...
What Are the Signs of H1N1 Flu? <ul><li>Fever of 100°F (37.8° C) or greater </li></ul><ul><li>Cough </li></ul><ul><li>Runn...
What do I do if I have signs of H1N1 Flu? <ul><li>If you begin to feel sick at school, talk to the nurse </li></ul><ul><li...
Can We Prevent H1N1 Flu? <ul><li>The best prevention is: </li></ul><ul><li>Wash hands often with soap and water, especiall...
Questions? <ul><li>See your school nurse! </li></ul><ul><li>Check out reliable resources on the Internet –  </li></ul><ul>...
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  1. 1. What Do We Need to Know about H1N1 Influenza? August / September 2009
  2. 2. H1N1 Influenza A <ul><li>Identified in the United States in April 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>First cases assessed by a school nurse! </li></ul><ul><li>Our schools will feel an impact from this pandemic flu this school year </li></ul><ul><li>What do we need to know? </li></ul>
  3. 3. So much information! <ul><li>There is so much information available </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Media </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Health organizations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Health professionals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Relatives and friends </li></ul></ul><ul><li>How do we know what information is valid? </li></ul>
  4. 4. Quality Information for Schools <ul><li>New York State Education Department </li></ul><ul><li>New York State Department of Health </li></ul><ul><li>Centers for Disease Control </li></ul><ul><li>US Department of Health and Human Services – Flu.gov </li></ul><ul><li>World Health Organization </li></ul><ul><li>Your school nurse! </li></ul>
  5. 5. What Do I Need to Know NOW? <ul><li>H1N1 Influenza A is a newly identified flu </li></ul><ul><li>Vaccine is expected to be available this Fall </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Anticipated to be a 2 shot series </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Children are being affected by this flu outbreak </li></ul><ul><li>Schools are large group settings that can spread the flu quickly </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>H1N1 Influenza isn’t a more severe flu – it’s just a new strain </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Spreads easily – no vaccine to prevent it </li></ul></ul><ul><li>So far the cases of influenza have been mild </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Complications have occurred in people with a chronic health condition AND a case of this flu </li></ul></ul>What Do I Need to Know NOW?
  7. 7. What Are the Signs of H1N1 Flu? <ul><li>Fever of 100°F (37.8° C) or greater </li></ul><ul><li>Cough </li></ul><ul><li>Runny Nose </li></ul><ul><li>Sore Throat </li></ul>
  8. 8. What do I do if I have signs of H1N1 Flu? <ul><li>If you begin to feel sick at school, talk to the nurse </li></ul><ul><li>If you have symptoms at home – stay home! </li></ul><ul><li>How long should you stay home? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Until at least 24 hours after they are free of fever (100°F (37.8° C) or greater) or signs of a fever, without the use of fever-reducing medications. </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Can We Prevent H1N1 Flu? <ul><li>The best prevention is: </li></ul><ul><li>Wash hands often with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing </li></ul><ul><li>Use alcohol based hand sanitizers to clean hands if soap and water are not available </li></ul><ul><li>Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing and throw the tissue in the trash after use (if no tissue is available, cough or sneeze into your arm or sleeve—not your hand) </li></ul>
  10. 10. Questions? <ul><li>See your school nurse! </li></ul><ul><li>Check out reliable resources on the Internet – </li></ul><ul><ul><li>New York Statewide School Health Services Center website: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>www.schoolhealthservicesny.com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>H1N1 Flu link on main navigational bar </li></ul></ul>

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