Pandemic Preparedness Oshkosh Chamber 11 5 09


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The Oshkosh Chamber hosted a presentation November 5, 2009, on preparing for the H1N1 flu virus.

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  • Todays outline of what we will cover
  • Research is leaning towards a similar flu as in 1918.
  • Talk about current data for our state.
  • Pandemic Preparedness Oshkosh Chamber 11 5 09

    1. 1. Pandemic Preparedness Prepare don’t Panic! November 5, 2009 Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce
    2. 2. Pandemic Influenza Why all the hype? <ul><li>H1N1 Quiz- how much do you really know? </li></ul><ul><li>The inside medical scoop </li></ul><ul><li>What is Healthcare, Public Health and our community in the midst of, and how are we doing? </li></ul><ul><li>Quiz answers…. </li></ul><ul><li>Questions and answers </li></ul>
    3. 3. H1N1 Quiz True or False?? <ul><li>The primary symptoms of H1N1 are fever >100.8, cough, sore throat and body aches. </li></ul><ul><li>H1N1 is spread in the air (airborne). </li></ul><ul><li>There is a medication to treat H1N1. </li></ul><ul><li>You can catch H1N1 by eating pork. </li></ul><ul><li>There is H1N1 vaccine available now. </li></ul><ul><li>The elderly and very young have been most severely affected in the current H1N1 outbreak </li></ul><ul><li>I am overly concerned about this H1N1 pandemic and what it means for me as a person as well as being part of a business. </li></ul>
    4. 4. Flu Definitions <ul><li>Epidemic - The occurrence of more cases of disease than expected in a given area or among a specific group of people over a particular period of time </li></ul><ul><li>Pandemic - A pandemic is an epidemic that occurs across several countries and affects a sizable portion of the population in each </li></ul><ul><li>H1N1 - A subtype of INFLUENZA A VIRUS comprised of the surface proteins hemagglutinin 1 and neuraminidase 1 </li></ul>
    5. 7. H1N1 facts <ul><li>Pandemics, while rare, are not new </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In the 20th century there were three flu pandemics –in 1918, 1957 and 1968 – that combined killed more than 50 million people worldwide and almost a million people in the United States </li></ul></ul><ul><li>WHO declares flu pandemic June 11, 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>WHO estimates that up to 40-60% of the world population may be infected with H1N1 over the next 1-2 years </li></ul>
    6. 8. Pandemic flu IS NOT the same as seasonal flu. <ul><li>With a pandemic flu: </li></ul><ul><li>People have little or no immunity because the virus is new </li></ul><ul><li>Symptoms may be more severe than seasonal </li></ul><ul><li>flu, even among healthy children and young adults </li></ul><ul><li>The death rate is higher </li></ul><ul><li>There may be a major impact on society (for example, there may be restrictions on travel and closings of school and businesses in an effort to slow the transmission of the disease and there could be significant absenteeism in businesses, utility service providers, and other organizations). </li></ul><ul><li>No immunization/vaccine available right away </li></ul>
    7. 9. 2009 H1N1 <ul><li>Not entirely new… </li></ul><ul><li>Pandemic payoff: 1918 H1N1 similar and conferring some immunity today </li></ul><ul><li>Mass immunizations 1976 (43 million Americans) conferring some immunity today </li></ul>
    8. 12. Current state
    9. 14. Wisconsin case information to date
    10. 15. How will this affect you? Imagine that ten percent of your employees are too sick to come to work on any given day. Imagine that cumulatively, a quarter of your workforce could be out for as many as three to four months. Imagine that the other businesses you rely on are facing the same massive absentee rates. Hard as it may be to believe, such a scenario could happen -- indeed, some health officials say it’s inevitable. The cause: a pandemic flu.
    11. 16. What should you be doing to prepare, if you haven’t already? <ul><li>Begin by looking at the “what if’s”? </li></ul><ul><li>Develop a business continuity/home plan </li></ul><ul><li>Inform your employees about your plan </li></ul><ul><li>Look at HR planning- excuse return to work forms </li></ul><ul><li>Plan to operate with significant absenteeism </li></ul><ul><li>Protect your workplace by asking sick employees to stay home-adapt absentee policies </li></ul><ul><li>Provide immunizations </li></ul><ul><li>Know where and how to get current reliable information. </li></ul>
    12. 17. What Pandemic Flu Could Mean To Your Business <ul><li>A pandemic flu spreads rapidly and easily from person to person, affecting all age groups, especially the young. </li></ul><ul><li>It will cause illness in a high proportion of those infected. Health officials are concerned </li></ul><ul><li>That H1N1 may mutate with the seasonal flu which would cause a whole new problem including resistance to antivirals. </li></ul><ul><li>Again it is take several weeks/months to know exactly which direction this virus will take in the next wave. Over reaction is a must until the strain is identified and contained. </li></ul>
    13. 18. The key to containment… <ul><li>1.Wash hands frequently </li></ul><ul><li>2. Cover coughs/sneezes </li></ul><ul><li>3. Stay home if you are ill! </li></ul><ul><li>*The lower Japanese death rate during the 1918 flu pandemic was thought to be related to more effective containment. </li></ul>
    14. 19. If you have symptoms what to expect? <ul><li>Limited testing is being done. </li></ul><ul><li>Recommendation is to stay home- Tylenol and fluids- only go to MD is severely ill </li></ul><ul><li>You may be put on antivirals (limited) and asked to stay in isolation for 7 days or until symptoms have resolved for 24 hours. </li></ul>
    15. 20. Resources to help… <ul><li>Prepare for a pandemic flu in order to maintain business continuity. (business planning) </li></ul><ul><li>Help protect employees’ health. </li></ul><ul><li>communicate to employees your plans </li></ul><ul><li>encourage every employee to have a personal plan </li></ul><ul><li> ( family planning) </li></ul><ul><li>Work with health officials after identifying potential issues to minimize disruption of business. </li></ul>
    16. 21. What is healthcare and the community doing to prepare? <ul><li>The healthcare systems and community members have been working for years for this event. </li></ul><ul><li>Partner meetings </li></ul><ul><li>Incident command centers </li></ul><ul><li>PIO-public information officers </li></ul><ul><li>Supplies </li></ul><ul><li>Employee planning </li></ul><ul><li>Staffing needs </li></ul><ul><li>Employee protection </li></ul><ul><li>Community education </li></ul><ul><li>Vaccination planning </li></ul>
    17. 22. Incident command is Key!
    18. 23. Healthcare PPE (personal protective equipment) <ul><li>Medical PAPR’s </li></ul><ul><li>(protective air purifying respirator) </li></ul><ul><li>N95 masks are for healthcare workers and require fit testing to wear. </li></ul>
    19. 24. Treatment or containment? <ul><li>Antivirals are readily available. </li></ul><ul><li>SNS strategic National stockpile </li></ul>
    20. 25. Vaccine? To be or not to be? <ul><li>This is an unknown at this date. The first vaccine became available for healthcare workers Mid- October 2009; production is slower than anticipated. The Federal government will cover the cost of the vaccine administration fees may apply. </li></ul>
    21. 26. Important websites <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>www.pandemic.wisconsin. gov </li></ul><ul><li>www.ready. gov </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
    22. 27. H1N1 Quiz True or False?? <ul><li>The primary symptoms of H1N1 are fever >100.8, cough, sore throat and body aches T </li></ul><ul><li>H1N1 is spread in the air (airborne) F </li></ul><ul><li>There is a medication to treat H1N1 T </li></ul><ul><li>You can catch H1N1 by eating pork F </li></ul><ul><li>There is H1N1 vaccine available now T and F </li></ul><ul><li>The elderly and very young have been most severely affected in the current H1N1 outbreak F </li></ul><ul><li>I am overly concerned about this H1N1 pandemic and what it means for me as a person as well as being part of a business T or F ?? </li></ul>
    23. 28. Q & A <ul><li>What else would you like to know? </li></ul>
    24. 29. THANK YOU!!