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  1. Pandemic Influenza AwarenessH1N12009 Comstock.com CDC Comstock.com

  2. What is the H1N1 Influenza Virus? • New Strain of Influenza Virus • First Detected on April 18, 2009 in Mexico • Originally Called “Swine Flu” • Initial Tests Showed Many Genes Similar to Influenza Virus the Occurs in Pigs • Further Studies - New Virus is Very Different from Viruses in North American Pigs

  3. 1918 Pandemic Flu (Spanish Flu) • 1918 Influenza Flu Outbreak • Estimated 70 to 100 Million Deaths Worldwide • First Wave – Beginning March 1918 • Mild Seasonal Flu Virus • Second Deadly Wave – Summer/Fall of 1918 • Virus Mutated to a More Deadly Strain • Majority of the Fatalities – In the Second Wave • Primarily in the 20 to 40 Year Old Age Range • Speculation that the current H1N1 Outbreak May Return in the Fall • Need to Prepare

  4. Influenza Pandemic 1918 at Camp Funston(Kansas)

  5. Influenza Pandemic, 1918

  6. Wilfrid Laurier University Pandemic Flu Response • Activated its Pandemic Response Plan • Each Campus has: • Developed a Pandemic Response Plan • Departmental Business Continuity Plans • Conducted a Pandemic Flu Table Top Exercise • Waterloo Health Unit – One of the Primary Resource our Local Community

  7. Departmental Business Continuity Plans • Continuity of Operations Planning template, which focuses on the provision of essential services with up to 40% absenteeism at 2 week peak • Plans to meet the needs of people confined to their homes

  8. Information on H1N1 • Questions on H1N1 Influenza? • For WLU Employees: • Send an e-mail to swinefluinfo@wlu.ca • From Media or Other External Sources go to the website: http://www.wlu.ca/pandemic • Direct Periodic Health Alerts • Distributed as New Information Becomes Available

  9. Laurier’s Pandemic Website

  10. Preventive Measures at WLU • Wall Mounted Hand Sanitizer Units • Near Elevator, Lobby Areas, Entrances,Washrooms • Redirected Custodians to Increase the Wiping Down of Common Surfaces • Door Handles, Bathrooms, Tables, Elevators, etc. • Redirected Physical Resources to Use only disinfectant products

  11. Preventive Measures Specific to Health Services • Patient screening per Health Unit recommendations • Annual flu clinics • Campus education for staff and students

  12. Spread of Infection • Infected Person Can Infect Others: • Beginning 1 Day Before Symptoms Develop • Up to 7 Days or More After Becoming Sick • Younger Children – May Be Contagious for Longer Periods

  13. Routes of Exposure to Spread the Infection • Primary Exposure Route – Person to Person • Inhalation of Airborne Droplets from Infected Person Coughing or Sneezing • Secondary Route of Exposure -Viruses on Surfaces • Can Live on Surfaces for 2 Hours or More • Person Touching Contaminated Tables, Doorknobs, Desks, Then Touching Face, Eyes, Nose, or Mouth

  14. Prevention Measures • Cough/Sneeze - Cover Nose/Mouth with Tissue or Sneeze into the Sleeve • Dispose Used Tissues in the Trash • Wash Hand with Soap & Water (At Least 20 Seconds) or Use Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizers • Avoid Touching Eyes, Nose, or Mouth • Avoid Contact with Sick People • If Sick with a fever, Stay at Home Away from Work or School and Limit Contact with Others

  15. Emergency Warning Symptoms • Adults • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath • Pain or pressure in chest or abdomen • Sudden dizziness • Confusion • Possible severe or persistent vomiting • Possible diarrhea • Children • Fast breathing or trouble breathing • Bluish skin color • Not drinking enough fluids • Not waking up or not interacting • Being so irritable that child does not want to be held • Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough • Fever with a rash

  16. In Summary • Best Precautions • Stay Healthy & Get Plenty of Rest • Wash Your Hands Frequently • Avoid Contact with Persons Who Are Sick • Social distancing (1 metre rule) • If Sick, Stay at Home, Away from Work/School • The H1N1 Influenza Virus May Return in the Fall • Wilfrid Laurier University and All Employees Must Prepare for its Possible Return as a Mutated Virus

  17. References • CDC, Pandemic Influenza Website: www.pandemicflu.gov • Waterloo Health Unit: http://chd.region.waterloo.on.ca/web/health.nsf/fmFrontPage?OpenForm • Travel Information: http://voyage.gc.ca/ • DHHS, The Great Pandemic: http://1918.pandemicflu.gov/index.htm • FEMA, Manual for National Incident Management System: • http://www.training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/IS/ICSResource • World Health Organization Pan Flu: www.who.int/csr/disease/avian_influenza/en/index.html

  18. Questions