The 2009 H1N1 flu epidemic showcased the importance of germ control and virus prevention this spread hit the educational industry harder than anything else, but people around the world were affected by the virus. In order to prevent yourself from having you go to a “self-isolation facility” like many H1N1 patients, you may want to learn from the mistakes made during that epidemic so you can be prepared for the future or for your nursing classes. Here are some facts and tips you may use to understand H1N1 and its implications. These are all courtesy of AspiringNurse.com.
Table of Contents
- H1N1 Flu Facts
- Resources for Staying Flu-Free
- Resources from Health Sites
- Resources from University Sites
- Resources from Interactive and Multimedia Sites
- Resources for Educators
- The Golden Rule of Flu Control…
H1N1 Flu Facts
- Strains of the flu change every year, and flu vaccines have to accommodate for that. The first cases of H1N1 or swine flu were noticed in 2009, and new vaccines for the virus were issued in the fall of that year. (Resource: FindAFluShot.com).
- Every year in America alone, there are an average of 200,000 people hospitalized and 36,000 people dead because of complications from a seasonal flu. Most patients who get the flu will get better within two weeks after the help of medical treatment. (Resource: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).
- In February of 2010, vaccination experts across the country voted that patients get vaccinated every six months to anticipate the next flu season. This rule applies to H1N1 and all other strains of the flu virus. (Resource: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- According to a study from March 2010, one major difference between H1N1 and other strains of the flu is the fact that H1N1 is more likely to cause death in children and young adults. Most flu viruses cause deaths in people over the age of 65, if fatalities occur at all. (Resource: Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy).
- A person with the flu may be contagious one day before showing symptoms and up to seven days after the symptoms have surpassed. (Resource: National Library of Medicine).
Resources for Staying Flu-Free
Resources from Health Sites
Health sites are great places to go for advice about the flu because they look at the virus from a medical perspective. Many of these sites are sponsored by the government and well-respected hospitals around the world. Here is a list of flu and H1N1 resources, courtesy of health sites online.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: This is one of the best resources on the internet for information about medical concerns. The flu page of the site includes information about risk factors, prevention methods, and treatment options, as well as specific advice for pregnant women, small children, and people with asthma.
- Flu.gov: This link offers a checklist for flu preparation, as well as information about the virus as a whole. It is sponsored by the U.S. government.
- The World Health Organization: This is an international website that has a large set of answers to common questions about H1N1. It explains the drugs and vaccines you can use for treatment, as well as advice for using masks during outbreaks in your community.
- International SOS: This site provides advice for people looking to travel in the near future. It discusses specific tips to avoid H1N1 when travelling out of the country.
- The American Psychological Association: This organization provides tips for controlling anxiety levels regarding H1N1.
Resources from University Sites
Universities often conduct research studies to understand flu viruses and develop new techniques for dealing with them. The websites from these educational institutions are great resources for advice on flu prevention and detection. Here are a few popular university websites you may be able to use in the future:
- Carnegie Mellon: This school’s website provides visitors with simple charts to help them manage and understand their cold and flu symptoms.
- Princeton University: This school’s website provides an extensive and up to date page of H1N1 FAQs.
- The University of Denver: This school’s website provides helpful resources on flu prevention. It goes over everything you need to know about exposure and transmission.
- Loyola Marymount University: This school’s website provides a checklist for flue preparation, along with tips for healthy living as a whole.
- Ohio University: This school’s website provides general alerts about the H1N1 flu virus, as well as information about meningitis and other health issues common on a college campus.
- UC Berkeley: This school’s website provides a set of self care guidelines to help you get over the flu in the future.
Resources from Interactive and Multimedia Sites
Sometimes you just need an interactive tool or video to understand a concept. Surprisingly enough, there are several resources for H1N1 that come from interactive and multimedia sites. Check out the tools and vids below to get a better understanding of swine flu.
- Veterans Affairs H1N1 Self Assessment Tool: This tool can help you determine the severity of your flu symptoms and choose a treatment method that reflects the severity. This site also features an assortment of social media tools so your friends can stay informed during flu season.
- The National Library of Medicine’s H1N1 Tutorial: This interactive guide discusses treatment options, symptoms, and prevention tips for the H1N1 virus. The slideshow contains true and false questions to emphasize the facts discussed on the site.
- “Talkin’ bout the Flu” Music Video: This corny-yet-comprehensive music video presents flu prevention tips in a lighthearted way. It is a spoof on The Dream’s “Walking on the Moon,” and it was made for the Boston Public Health Commission.
- The CDC’s “Put Your Hands Together” Podcast: This podcast is sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control, and it provides a variety of information about proper hand hygiene.
- Flu Tracker: This tool shows how widespread a flu virus is at any given time.
- Reuter’s Swine Flu Newsfeed: This resource provides up to the minute news about the H1N1 virus.
Resources for Educators
It is particularly difficult to control the flu virus in an educational setting because of the number of people confined to a small area. If you are a teacher, professor, coach, tutor, or anything else along those lines, you need to be aware of the steps you can take to minimize the spread of germs in your classroom. Here are some great online flu resources specifically designed for the education system:
- The Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration: This resource has links to websites covering the impact of H1N1 on international academic activities.
- The Center for Research on Learning and Teaching: This resource comes from the University of Michigan. It provides a ton of recommendations educators and students can use to manage a flu outbreak.
- Flu.gov Communication Toolkit: This resource has downloadable documents, factsheets, and other tools educators can use in their classrooms.
- Sans Technology Institute: This school offers an extensive list of preparation tips schools can use to prevent the spread of H1N1.
The Golden Rule of Flu Control…
If you have trouble remembering any of the tips above, follow this simple mnemonic device developed by the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services:
Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze – use your sleeve
Only use your own glass and utensils – don’t share
Use soap and warm water to wash hands often
Get plenty of sleep, exercise, and eat a healthy diet
Home is where you belong when you’re sick, not at work or school
If you can keep COUGH in mind every day, you should be able to take on anything the H1N1 flu virus throws your way.