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Title: Pandemic Influenza Awareness H1N1 2009

Pandemic Influenza AwarenessH1N12009
What is the H1N1 Influenza Virus?
  • New Strain of Influenza Virus
  • First Detected on April 18, 2009 in Mexico
  • Originally Called Swine Flu
  • Initial Tests Showed Many Genes Similar to
    Influenza Virus the Occurs in Pigs
  • Further Studies - New Virus is Very Different
    from Viruses in North American Pigs

1918 Pandemic Flu (Spanish Flu)
  • 1918 Influenza Flu Outbreak
  • Estimated 70 to 100 Million Deaths Worldwide
  • First Wave Beginning March 1918
  • Mild Seasonal Flu Virus
  • Second Deadly Wave Summer/Fall of 1918
  • Virus Mutated to a More Deadly Strain
  • Majority of the Fatalities In the Second Wave
  • Primarily in the 20 to 40 Year Old Age Range
  • Speculation that the current H1N1 Outbreak May
    Return in the Fall
  • Need to Prepare

Influenza Pandemic 1918 at Camp Funston(Kansas)
Influenza Pandemic, 1918
Wilfrid Laurier University Pandemic Flu Response
  • Activated its Pandemic Response Plan
  • Each Campus has
  • Developed a Pandemic Response Plan
  • Departmental Business Continuity Plans
  • Conducted a Pandemic Flu Table Top Exercise
  • Waterloo Health Unit One of the Primary
    Resource our Local Community

Departmental Business Continuity Plans
  • Continuity of Operations Planning template, which
    focuses on the provision of essential services
    with up to 40 absenteeism at 2 week peak
  • Plans to meet the needs of people confined to
    their homes

Information on H1N1
  • Questions on H1N1 Influenza?
  • For WLU Employees
  • Send an e-mail to
  • From Media or Other External Sources go to the
    website http//
  • Direct Periodic Health Alerts
  • Distributed as New Information Becomes Available

Lauriers Pandemic Website
Preventive Measures at WLU
  • Wall Mounted Hand Sanitizer Units
  • Near Elevator, Lobby Areas, Entrances,Washrooms
  • Redirected Custodians to Increase the Wiping Down
    of Common Surfaces
  • Door Handles, Bathrooms, Tables, Elevators, etc.
  • Redirected Physical Resources to Use only
    disinfectant products

Preventive Measures Specific to Health Services
  • Patient screening per Health Unit recommendations
  • Annual flu clinics
  • Campus education for staff and students

Spread of Infection
  • Infected Person Can Infect Others
  • Beginning 1 Day Before Symptoms Develop
  • Up to 7 Days or More After Becoming Sick
  • Younger Children May Be Contagious for Longer

Routes of Exposure to Spread the Infection
  • Primary Exposure Route Person to Person
  • Inhalation of Airborne Droplets from Infected
    Person Coughing or Sneezing
  • Secondary Route of Exposure -Viruses on Surfaces
  • Can Live on Surfaces for 2 Hours or More
  • Person Touching Contaminated Tables, Doorknobs,
    Desks, Then Touching Face, Eyes, Nose, or Mouth

Prevention Measures
  • Cough/Sneeze - Cover Nose/Mouth with Tissue or
    Sneeze into the Sleeve
  • Dispose Used Tissues in the Trash
  • Wash Hand with Soap Water (At Least 20 Seconds)
    or Use Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizers
  • Avoid Touching Eyes, Nose, or Mouth
  • Avoid Contact with Sick People
  • If Sick with a fever, Stay at Home Away from Work
    or School and Limit Contact with Others

Emergency Warning Symptoms
  • Adults
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Pain or pressure in chest or abdomen
  • Sudden dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Possible severe or persistent vomiting
  • Possible diarrhea
  • Children
  • Fast breathing or trouble breathing
  • Bluish skin color
  • Not drinking enough fluids
  • Not waking up or not interacting
  • Being so irritable that child does not want to be
  • Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with
    fever and worse cough
  • Fever with a rash

In Summary
  • Best Precautions
  • Stay Healthy Get Plenty of Rest
  • Wash Your Hands Frequently
  • Avoid Contact with Persons Who Are Sick
  • Social distancing (1 metre rule)
  • If Sick, Stay at Home, Away from Work/School
  • The H1N1 Influenza Virus May Return in the Fall
  • Wilfrid Laurier University and All Employees Must
    Prepare for its Possible Return as a Mutated

  • CDC, Pandemic Influenza Website
  • Waterloo Health Unit
  • http//
  • Travel Information http//
  • DHHS, The Great Pandemic http//1918.pandemicflu.
  • FEMA, Manual for National Incident Management
  • http//
  • World Health Organization Pan Flu