Minnesota's Preparations for H1N1 Influenza by Sanne Magnan

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Sanne Magnan's presentation at the Sept. 10, 2009 H1N1: Lessons from the Southern Hemisphere and Minnesota's Preparedness at the University of Minnesota.

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Minnesota's Preparations for H1N1 Influenza by Sanne Magnan

  1. 1. Minnesota’s Preparations for H1N1 Influenza Sanne Magnan, MD, PhD Minnesota Department of Health September 10, 2009
  2. 2. H1N1 Cases in Minnesota: Preliminary Data <ul><li>As of Sept 3rd: 263 hospitalized cases (18 pregnant) </li></ul><ul><li>Median age 11 years (range 0-91 years) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>70% of hospitalizations <25 years </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Median length of stay: 3 days </li></ul><ul><li>15% in ICU </li></ul><ul><li>35% of hospitalized cases had asthma; 64% of hospitalized had an underlying condition </li></ul><ul><li>> 80% hospitalized cases in 7 county metropolitan Minneapolis-St. Paul area residents </li></ul><ul><li>3 deaths: 2 children (one with no underlying conditions), 1 elderly </li></ul>
  3. 3. January February March April May June December November October July August
  4. 4. Preparing for Pandemic Influenza
  5. 5. Four Pillars of Influenza Preparedness <ul><li>Surveillance </li></ul><ul><li>Vaccination </li></ul><ul><li>Community Mitigation or Prevention </li></ul><ul><li>Communications </li></ul><ul><li>_______________________________________ </li></ul><ul><li>Other </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Medical Surge </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Continuity of Operations </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Surveillance Systems in Minnesota <ul><li>Hospitalizations for influenza </li></ul><ul><ul><li>MDH will conduct laboratory testing for type of influenza </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Outpatient sentinel site surveillance for influenza-like illness </li></ul><ul><li>Surveillance for outbreaks in schools, nursing homes </li></ul><ul><li>Mortality due to influenza </li></ul>
  7. 7. What to Expect in the Fall <ul><li>Potential scenarios: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>General increased burden of illness due to high level of influenza (seasonal plus novel) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Impact in younger age groups (novel H1N1) and in elderly (seasonal and potential mismatch with H3N2) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Big burden on healthcare </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Increased severity with novel H1N1 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Increased hospitalizations (overwhelm system) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Increased deaths </li></ul></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Possible Impact of Pandemic Influenza in Minnesota <ul><li>Number infected will depend on: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The transmissibility of the strain </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The uptake and effectiveness of vaccine </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The effectiveness of other prevention and control measures </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>people staying home when sick </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>respiratory and hand hygiene </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>social distancing </li></ul></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Possible Impact of Pandemic Influenza in Minnesota (cont.)* <ul><li>If as many as 30% of population infected this would be 1,544,000 people </li></ul><ul><li>If 50% of those infected sought outpatient care this would be 772,000 people </li></ul><ul><li>Depending on severity, there may be between 2% (15,000) and 22% (150,000), of those that seek outpatient care, that are hospitalized (currently the strain is not very severe, a more severe strain would result in increased hospitalizations) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>15% (2,250) of those hospitalized may require ICU care </li></ul></ul><ul><li>If the case fatality rate is 0.2% (what may be expected with current severity) this would be 3,100 deaths </li></ul>*Note these are not predictions- but models
  10. 10. Possible Impact of Pandemic Influenza in Minnesota (cont.) <ul><li>Therefore it is important to limit the number of people infected- </li></ul><ul><li>Everyone has a role in this! </li></ul>
  11. 11. Vaccination: Novel H1N1 <ul><li>Anticipate that will come in batches beginning in October 2009 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>2 doses for protection </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Prioritize </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Healthcare workers and high risk groups for H1N1 [pregnancy, young children (6 months-4 years), caregivers for children < 6 months of age, high risk children] </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>People up to age 24 years and those 25-64 years with high risk conditions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rest of population </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Surveillance for adverse effects: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>e. g., Guillain Barre Syndrome </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Community Prevention Measures <ul><ul><li>Sick people stay home </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If increased severity: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Household members of an ill person stay home </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ Social distancing” at work and in the community ( reducing interactions between people to reduce the risk of disease transmission ) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Schools and child care programs close </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Public gatherings cancelled </li></ul></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Community-Based Interventions 1. Delay disease transmission and outbreak peak 2. Decompress peak burden on healthcare infrastructure 3. Diminish overall cases and health impacts Daily Cases #1 #2 #3 Days since First Case Pandemic outbreak: no intervention Pandemic outbreak: with intervention
  14. 14. “ Respiratory Etiquette” Campaign Respiratory Etiquette
  15. 15. Communications <ul><li>Underway or being planned: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Wealth of information on H1N1 web site at MDH </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Radio and TV campaigns </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ongoing and frequent media interviews </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Media briefing 8/26 for two hours </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>H1N1 summits – today and 9/14 for 600+ key leaders </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Regular messages/interactions with partners, e.g., local public health, school nurses, colleges and universities, providers, etc </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Outreach to special populations, including translated materials </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Many partners involved <ul><li>All state agencies preparing, with leadership from Minnesota Management and Budget </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Department of Public Safety’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management helping with statewide response </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Local public health departments and tribal nations working on the front lines across MN </li></ul><ul><li>More than 2,000 public schools—and their principals and superintendents—working to protect more than 835,000 K-12 students </li></ul><ul><li>Over 1000 providers registered for H1N1 vaccine delivery; Health Alert Network and automatic email alerts </li></ul>
  17. 18. Communications: Stay Informed <ul><ul><ul><li>www.who.int/en/ </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>www.flu.gov </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>www.cdc.gov </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>www.health.state.mn.us </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Summary: </li></ul><ul><li>“ Hoping for the best; preparing for the worst.” </li></ul>

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