50 Essential Swine Flu Resources for School Nurses

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October 27, 2009

As we get deeper into flu season, your office or training clinic may already be bombarded with swine flu cases. To track outbreaks, learn about vaccines, and stay current on the latest in swine flu developments, you’ll want to visit authoritative websites and ignore all the rumors. Here are 50 essential swine flu resources to help keep your school kids, teachers and administrators healthy and safe.

Flu Guides

Understand what the swine flu is all about, where it came from, and what it’s potential is by reading these guides.

  1. H1N1 (swine) influenza: Google Health gives an easy-to-read overview of H1N1 symptoms, treatment, tests and diagnoses, prevention tips and more.
  2. CDC: The CDC’s H1N1 page offers situation updates, vaccine info, drug information, and more.
  3. H1N1 Flu (Swine flu): Medline Plus’ guide to the swine flu lists symptoms and can help you identify when a case becomes severe.
  4. Resources for K-12 Schools: Get specific guides for day care, elementary schools, school dismissals and other questions that parents and teachers may have.
  5. Flu.gov: This website features a news room, FAQs, vaccine information, and more.
  6. Swine Flu FAQ: Get answers to questions that parents and students may have about swine flu, like "How is swine flu treated?" and "How long does the flu virus survive on surfaces?"
  7. Swine Flu, MedicineNet.com: Here you’ll get answers to questions like "What is swine flu?" as well as learn about the effectiveness of face masks, vaccines and more.
  8. 2009 H1N1 Flu and You: This guide includes charts and reports to help you understand at-risk groups, swine flu deaths, and other stats.
  9. Swine Flu Virus Revealed: Check out this image of the swine flu virus.
  10. Swine flu definition: The Mayo Clinic offers a clear explanation for what makes the swine flu unique.

News and Alerts

For the most updated swine flu news, situation alerts, and outbreak maps, check here.

  1. WHO Global Alert and Response: The World Health Organization’s Global Alert and Response page will keep you updated on severe cases, the flu situation, and more.
  2. Updated Timeline of H1N1 2009 swine flu news: Learn about new cases, alerts and treatment options.
  3. Swine Flu Reports: This health map from The New England Journal of Medicine pin points suspected cases and deaths, as well as confirmed cases and deaths on a world map.
  4. Flu View: Flu View is the weekly situation report from the CDC, covering the country and each U.S. region.
  5. Latest Swine Flu News: Medical News Today devotes an entire page to a swine flu news stream.
  6. WomansDay.com/Flu: Get weekly updates about the flu vaccine, kids and flu, and other news.
  7. H1N1 Influenza A (Swine Flu) Alert Center: Medscape’s alert center features expert videos and news articles.
  8. Novel H1N1 Influenza: Get breaking news about swine flu from CIDRAP at the University of Minnesota.
  9. UN News Centre: The UN News Centre also has an alert system and latest developments page for swine flu.
  10. H5N1: Get updates and analysis about pandemic flu viruses.

Vaccines

Learn about vaccine side effects, availability and safety from these resources.

  1. Vaccines for pandemic influenza A (H1N1): Here you can learn about the newest releases of flu vaccines.
  2. 2009 H1N1 Influenza Vaccine: Get authoritative information about the swine flu vaccine from the CDC.
  3. Swine Flu Vaccine: 11 Things You Should Know: This guide covers who should be vaccinated, the types of shots available, and more.
  4. Vaccine Research: The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases shares information about vaccine safety, development, and studies.
  5. Swine flu vaccines are safe and time-tested, experts say: This report from the Chicago Tribune reveals that experts believe swine flu vaccines are safe and have minimal side effects.

Multimedia

From podcasts to videos to iPhone apps, you’ll be prepared to address all kinds of swine flu concerns from parents and students.

  1. CNN.com videos: There are over 300 swine flu videos on CNN.com about the vaccine, at-risk groups and more.
  2. CDC Podcasts: Share these fun podcasts with students to teach them how to stay healthy, sneeze correctly and avoid the flu.
  3. NPR Special Coverage: Here you’ll find podcasts about swine flu news from NPR.
  4. Swine Flu Tracker Map: Find reported swine flu cases close to your school and keep up with swine flu news from WHO with this iPhone app.
  5. Swine Flu H1N1 The Game: This is another iPhone app that you can share with students to teach them about the spread of germs.
  6. Questions about Swine Flu: Anticipate common questions and learn how to respond to parents by watching this New York Times video.
  7. Swinefighter: Show your students this online game for fighting swine flu.
  8. H1N1 Swine Flu: A Look Inside: This Discovery Channel video will show you the history of swine flu and what it looks like.
  9. CDC News Reader: The CDC will send you alerts about swine flu and other health news through this iPhone app.
  10. CDC Reports on Pediatric Swine Flu Deaths: This ABC News video comments on children and swine flu.

Prevention

Teach kids how to prevent swine flu at school and at home by sharing the tips from these resources.

  1. Prevention and Treatment: You can print out this chart to post on your office door to remind students and administrators how to prevent the spread of germs.
  2. Prevention: This detailed guide offers tips for preventing flu for pregnant women, children, teens, young adults and older adults.
  3. Doctors warn against swine flu parties: Some believe this alarming trend will allow children to get a milder version of swine flu and become immune to the virus as it strengthens. Do not encourage this attitude at your school.
  4. How to prevent swine flu in our schools: Remind children not to share personal items and to wash their hands.
  5. Prevent Swine Flu this School Year: Learn correct "tissue tactics" and other prevention tips.

Treatment

These resources will help you recommend treatment options to parents of sick kids.

  1. How is swine flu diagnosed?: Learn how to identify and diagnose swine flu.
  2. Medications and Antivirals: Learn about the drugs designed to treat swine flu here.
  3. Diagnosis and Tests: You can learn more about diagnosing swine flu here.
  4. Home Remedies for Fast Flu Relief: Share with parents tips for relieving flu symptoms to comfort students.
  5. When to use antivirals for swine flu: This guide from Effect Measure will help you recommend antivirals more accurately.
  6. Treatment for Swine Flu: This guide explains Tamiflu and Relenza and also has information about the varying levels of swine flu severity.

Preparedness

Make sure your school has a plan to deal with swine flu outbreaks by following the advice from these resources.

  1. H1N1 Flu Preparednes Tools: This toolkit was designed by the CDC for health officials and offers models and software programs to help you understand swine flu impact, testing and more.
  2. School Planning: Flu.gov’s guides for K-12 and university planning include news alerts and toolkits.
  3. H1N1 Information for Schools: The National School Boards Association sends out news releases and preparedness guides for dealing with swine flu.
  4. Emergency Preparedness Bulletin: Here you’ll find all kinds of resources for preparing your school for swine flu outbreaks, including school closure considerations, signs and symptoms, when to send kids home, and more.

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