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Posted January 20, 2010
Novel H1N1 "Swine" Flu Resources from All Children's Hospital
H1N1 Swine Flu Resources The novel 2009 H1N1 influenza virus that is causing the current pandemic has caused over 38,000 hospitalizations and 1700 deaths, including over 250 deaths in children, in the United States. Most of the deaths have occurred in young children and healthy adults under 65 years of age. Most of the influenza virus still circulating continues to be the pandemic strain. Fortunately, the number of patients presenting to clinics with flu-like illness and the number of hospitalizations from the flu have been decreasing. The H1N1 flu vaccine is now available for anyone who wants it. The vaccine is still recommended for persons at higher risk of flu complications, since the flu season in Florida tends to last through the month of March.

FLU ASSESSMENT TOOL FOR PARENTS & CAREGIVERS

By answering "yes" or "no" to simple questions, our online questionnaire offers suggestions on how to treat your child, when she may need to be seen by her doctor, and when you should seek treatment at an emergency center.


QUICK FACTS ON H1N1 FLU

  • At this time, H1N1 is not more serious than regular flu.
  • Most people with H1N1 flu have a mild illness and recover without antiviral medication.
  • Children who were exposed to someone with H1N1 flu do not automatically need to go to their doctor or an emergency room.
  • Most children with H1N1 flu or flu-like symptoms can stay home, however, if you have any questions or you feel your child is getting sicker, consult your child's doctor.
  • As always, if you believe that your child is in life-threatening situation call 911 immediately!


TELEPHONE INFORMATION LINES
 

  • Pinellas County Health Department: 727-824-6964 (M-F, 8am - 5pm)
  • Florida Department of Health: 1-877-352-3581 (Everyday, 8am - 8pm)


OTHER RESOURCES

   Q&A Videos with Juan Dumois, MD, Director of ACH Infectious Disease program
Dr. Dumois answers a number of common questions and provides advice about how to stop the spread of H1N1 Flu virus.
  

2009 H1N1 Influenza Part I: A Century of Influenza
In this presentation, Dr. Juan Dumois instructs physicians on how to appropriately treat patients with influenza infections, promote optimal use of influenza vaccines, and use updated guidelines for pandemic H1N1 2009 influenza ("swine flu") in treating patients.

2009 H1N1 Influenza Part II
In this follow-up presentation, Dr. Dumois advises medical professionals how to relate flu epidemiology and history to clinical practice, and implement current guidelines for pandemic flu management and prevention.

 

Experts Expect Increased H1N1 Influenza Activity in Schools this Fall
This article from All Children's Hospital explains the basics about the H1N1 influenza strain; how it is spread, who is at risk, common symptoms and what you can do to protect against infection.

  Florida Dept. of Health H1N1 Swine Flu Information Page
This page contains a comprehensive collection of resources for individuals, families, healthcare providers, educators and communities about H1N1 Influenza. General facts, risk information, preparedness partners, and multilingual resources are listed. Individuals may also sign up for email alerts about H1N1 from the FL Dept. of Health media releases.
  Centers for Disease Control's H1N1 Flu Information
The Centers for Disease Control maintains an up-to-date repository of information for health professionals and the general public about the H1N1 influenza outbreak in the United States at cdc.gov/h1n1flu/.
   H1N1 Influenza Center
A collection of resources and information about H1N1 Flu from the World Health Organization, the Center for Disease Control, and other major healthcare agencies.