NWTC Influenza Awareness and Preparedness: Be a Big Shot! Presented by Dulcie Bosi, RN September, 2009. Today’s Goals. You’ll learn the following: Definition of “the flu” The difference of H1N1 and the seasonal flu The similarity of H1N1 and the seasonal flu
Influenza Awareness and Preparedness:
Be a Big Shot!
Presented by Dulcie Bosi, RN
You’ll learn the following:
70,000 US deaths
34,000 US deaths
No. The novel H1N1 influenza virus (formerly referred to as swine flu) virus is not spread by food.
You cannot get novel H1N1 flu from eating pork or pork products.
1. Wash your hands often with
soap and warm water,
especially after you cough
or sneeze. Wash for 15 – 20
wipes or gel sanitizers are also effective.
The effectiveness of preventing transmission of influenza wearing a facemask is unknown, but it is likely to be beneficial when worn correctly and consistently when exposed to an ill person
the fever (100.0 F) is gone without using
or severe illness. Call your doctors office if possible.
other people as much as possible
It is not necessary to quarantine yourself
unless you are ill
Employees: “If an employee exhibits …ILI …we are requiring supervisors to send the employee home. Supervisors will put contingency plans in place in the absence of staff.”
Students: If a student exhibits ILI, they will be asked to leave the campus. “If students refuse to leave please contact security at x5699. Security will inform the students of the Health Department letter requesting compliance with isolation when symptoms of the H1N1 flu virus are noted. Students should work with their instructors to make up any work that may have been missed.
People with confirmed or suspected flu (testing no longer a necessity):
The CDC recommends:
People who are not at heightened risk for complications stemming from flu infection or who are not sick enough from the flu to require hospitalization generally don't need antiviral agents for prevention or treatment.
Most people should be able to recover at home, but watch for emergency warning signs that mean you should seek immediate medical care.
fever and worse cough
If a child gets sick and experiences any of these warning signs, seek emergency medical care.
with fever and worse cough