Alaska Municipal League Joint Insurance Association, Inc. MEMORANDUM by DerekSchouman


									                             Alaska Municipal League Joint Insurance Association, Inc.
                             807 G Street, Suite 356 l Anchorage, Alaska 99501 l Phone 800-337-3682 l Fax (907) 279-3615


DATE:        May 7, 2009

TO:          AMLJIA Member Municipalities

FROM:        AMLJIA Risk Control Services

RE:          H1N1 influenza, “swine flu”

                                  What you need to know about the swine flu

      It appears that the swine flu is not as devastating as it was first reported to be. So relax, don’t
      panic, be aware. The 2009 H1N1 virus, which people commonly call the swine flu, is spreading
      from person to person. There has been one related death in the United States. Deaths from
      the flu are usually among the very young and the very old.

      The best way to prevent the spread of flu is:
             Sneeze or cough into a tissue, elbow or sleeve.
             Wash your hands often with soap and water.
             Avoid touching your eye, nose or mouth.
             Avoid contact with anyone who displays flu-like systems.

      Symptoms of swine flu are similar to those of regular influenza and can include fever, cough,
      sore throat, chills, headache, fatigue and body aches. Gastrointestinal symptoms such as
      vomiting and diarrhea may be present as well. The illness may last up to seven days, but
      people are considered to be contagious as long as symptoms persist. If you or a family member
      is showing symptoms, speak with your physician.


         •   Identify a central team of people to serve as a communication source.
         •   Local Governments should communicate with the community. The main message is:
             Don’t be afraid, but do be aware. The community can review information on the state’s
             flu web site, which is update daily, at
         •   Communicate the importance of sick people staying at home and away from work and
             washing hands frequently.
         •   Stockpile items such as soap, tissue and hand sanitizer and gloves. Provide these to
             your employees.
         •   If a school district closes, childcare facilities and child-related gatherings should also be
         •   Consider suspending non-essential government functions if the school district closes. It
             is likely these employees will be needed to care for children home from school or
             possible sick family members.
•   Keep all work surfaces, telephones, computer equipment and other frequently touched
    surfaces clean. Use disinfectants registered by the EPA.
•   Minimize using other people’s phones, desks, office and tools.
•   Identify essential personnel who should receive the vaccine first as it becomes available.
•   Work closely with local and state agencies; talk with your hospitals and clinics.

                                                                    Influenza Update for Municipalities

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