H1N1 Virus Effect:students forced home Presentation created by: Joshua KuligowskiEDU 290 Author: Sarihuella http://www.flickr.com/photos/sarihuella/3490876570/
H1N1 and its effect on Schools This presentation will focus on how H1N1 has grown and how schools have made changes to continue education of students. Take a look at the increase of using technology to keep students updated on assignments, if they do miss class due to illness.
Introduction to H1N1 “Flu refers to illnesses caused by a number of different influenza viruses.” (flu.gov) There is the Seasonal Flu which is more common, but there is a new strain of Flu, called H1N1 (Swine Flu). The symptoms of H1N1 flu include fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, headache, and possibly vomiting It is passed from person to person by coughing or sneezing. Few cases of death have been linked to H1N1.
Reason its called H1N1 and Swine Flu This virus was originally referred to as “swine flu” because laboratory testing showed that many of the genes in this new virus were very similar to influenza viruses that normally occur in pigs (swine) in North America. (www.cdc.gov) H1N1 is the designation given to this new strand of influenza.
Importance for schools One of the groups more easier to obtain H1N1 is the age group between the ages of 6 months through 24 years of age. (school age group) With many students getting sick at once, keeping them informed on their subjects is important. Schools also have to inform the students about the flu, so they will not come to school and spread it to other students.
Background Information The regular strain of flu has been around for a long time, but a strong immune system and vaccines have prevented many deaths caused by the flu. There is little immunity and short supply of vaccines for the newer H1N1 flu.
“About 55 million students and 7 million staff attend the more than 130,000 public and private schools in the United States each day.” (flu.gov) On October 24, 2009, President Obama signed a proclamation declaring the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic, which allows medical facilities to have a easier time treating patients with the flu. (flu.gov)
Cases around the United States This map shows confirmed cases around the United States. Its not located in one place, and can spread really quickly.
What is being done Many schools have implemented online tools such as Blackboard to keep students informed of school work Schools have informed students on the causes and preventive measure to prevent the spread such as Washing hands/using alcohol sanitizers Staying home if your sick Covering nose and mouth when coughing Author: eflon http://www.flickr.com/photos/eflon/3245612640/
H1N1 in schools
Schools have had to close because many students either were out sick or the administrators did not want other students to become ill.
H1N1’s effect For larger schools, it harder to slow the spread of illness, among the larger population. Sick students might get excluded from groups because of fear of H1N1. Students with out access to homework and assignments will fall behind in class.
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