2009 H1N1 Flu _Swine Flu_

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					2009 H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu)

What is 2009 H1N1?
• It’s a new influenza virus causing illness in people. • This virus was first detected in the United States in April 2009. • This virus is spreading from person-to-person worldwide.

H1 N1
Timeline April 2009: detected in US June 11, 2009: WHO declares worldwide pandemic Now spreading from person to person worldwide

Why is H1N1 called “swine flu”
• Laboratory testing showed that many genes in this new virus were similar to influenza viruses that normally occur in pigs (swine).

Is H1N1 virus contagious?
• It is contagious and it does spread from human to human

How does H1N1 spread?
• Same way seasonal flu spreads • From person to person through coughing or sneezing by people with influenza. • By touching, a surface or object with flu viruses on it and then touching their mouth or nose.
– Virus can survive on surfaces & can infect a person 2 to 8 hours after deposited

Signs and Symptoms
Fever Cough Sore throat Runny or stuffy nose • Body aches • • • • • • • • Headaches Chills Fatigue Some may get diarrhea and vomiting

How long can an infected person spread this virus to others?
• One day before getting sick and up to 5 to 7 days after

Steps to Protect Yourselves
• Cover your nose and mouth with tissue when you cough or sneeze • Wash your hands often • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth • Avoid contact with sick people • Stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone

Who is at Risk for Flu?
• Everyone is at risk for both seasonal flu and H1N1 flu

H1N1 Vaccine Recommended for:
• Pregnant women • Children and young adults from 6 months to 24 years • People caring for infants under 6 months of age • People aged 24-65 with chronic medical condition • Health care workers • Emergency medical providers

If you get sick
• Stay home
– – – – – – No work No school No travel No shopping No social events And no public gatherings

H1N1: Around All Summer
• In CA*: 1353 hospitalized (14 HCW’s)
363 admitted to ICU’s 115 fatalities (1 HCW)

• In LB**: 41 hospitalized (2 deaths) • Evidence is that current pandemic may be similar to that in 1957-58
Data current as of 8/21/09* and 8/25/09**

Available Personnel?
• • • • • • • • LBDHHS personnel LB MRC/CERT American Red Cross-LB CSULB – School of Nursing


LBUSD – nursing personnel Retail Pharmacists Other Practitioners Hospitals – Employee Health Services


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