Pandemic Influenza Information

With the United States’ heightened awareness regarding the flu, the Edmonds School District quickly responded to this health situation in the spring of 2006. Representatives from health services, custodial services, administration, the community, and other key contributors created a committee to discuss the District’s response and plan of action in case a pandemic flu does affect our region based on the recommendations from the Center for Disease Control.

The Snohomish Health District has asked us to let parents know that the H1N1 vaccine may be administered to anyone due to the supply of vaccines increasing. The Snohomish Health District believes that they have met the demand among those persons in the priority groups that the CDC identified.

Please visit www.snocoflu.com or www.snohd.org for the most recent information.

District's Pandemic Flu Plan

Since 2006, our district has been revising and adjusting our plans in case of a flu pandemic. This document is available to download. This version (.pdf) was revised November 2009.

What is the flu?

Flu, also called influenza, is a contagious disease of the lungs and airways. Usually influenza viruses are spread in droplets of cough and sneezes.

Flu symptoms

Fever

Headache
Sore throat

Body aches

Cough

Runny nose

Stomach and intestinal discomfort
Extreme tiredness 
 

 

 

 

 

What is a flu pandemic?

A flu pandemic means a worldwide outbreak of the disease.
 

How does seasonal flu differ from pandemic flu?

Seasonal Flu

  • Occurs every year usually in the winter.
  • Affects up to about 10% of the population.
  • For most people it is an unpleasant but not life-threatening infection.
  • Annual vaccination is available for those at risk of serious illness.

     

Pandemic Flu

  • Occurs rarely (three times in the 20th century).
  • May affect around 25% of the population.
  • It could be a more serious infection for everyone.
  • Vaccine probably would not be available in the early stages of a pandemic.

 

How can I protect my family and myself?

 

  • Ask about a flu shot.
  • Wash hands often (for 20 seconds).
  • Cover your cough and sneeze with tissue or sleeve.
  • Stay home if you feel sick.
  • Avoid touching your nose, mouth, and eyes.
  • Practice healthy habits! Eat healthy foods, get plenty of rest, and exercise regularly.

 

Additional Resources

Websites:

Other Resources:

  • H1N1 September 2009 Letter to Families (.pdf)
  • Handwashing Hint: A hand washing exercise with your students would be important to demonstrate at this time. Please take a stamper and stamp the palms of your student's hands and have them wash with warm water and soap to remove. This is the amount of time that a person needs to wash their hands to effectively remove most germs.
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