H1N1 Influenza Resource Page
"H1N1" Influenza A Outbreak - Resource Page
The National Disaster Interfaiths Network (NDIN) offers this resource page to provide our network members and partners with a central source for health monitoring as well as key resources and best practices related to the H1N1 Influenza A outbreak (commonly called “swine flu”. This resource page is designed for disaster chaplaincy and spiritual caregivers, disaster interfaiths, faith communities, and our government and NGO partners.
Cautionary Note: Follow Public Health Announcements - Get Vaccinated!
The typical seasonal flu infects and kills thousands of Americans each year. In spring 2009, the world experienced the added danger of a global pandemic resulting from an outbreak of the H1N1 Influenza A virus along the Mexican and U.S. border. That "first wave" of the outbreak was mildly virulent, killings hundreds of school-aged youth and immuno compromised adults. Nevertheless, the outbreak resulted in substantial global media attention over concerns about how virulent the "second wave" of the virus might become. The World Health Organization has declared the virus a Phase Six pandemic for H1N1, the highest Pandemic Influenza Phase. Governments across the globe have worked with drug companies to prepare a vaccine that is estimated be available in mid-October.

The second wave of H1N1 progressed rapidly in the Southern hemisphere during their recent flu season - with some increase in its virulence. As the United States enters the fall/winter flu season, we also face the uncertainty of how virulent the current "second wave" of the outbreak will be and how the vaccine will mitigate against the spread of this virus - and, whether or not the virus will mutate to resist drug treatments for those already infected.

To date, there have been 593 deaths in the United States, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There have been 2,185 deaths reported worldwide by the World Health Organization. Due to the infection rate in school-aged children, schools, colleges and universities continue to monitor outbreaks to help minimize the spread and to save lives. As of now, it is unclear if the "second wave" will be any more or less deadly than the typical seasonal flu but public health officials are preparing for the worst.

As the current outbreak continues, virulence will be monitored vigilantly; however, extreme mitigation measures are not currently recommended. Meanwhile, faith communities and religious leaders should continue to encourage their community members to follow public health announcements and practice transmission precautions such as “social distancing,” washing hands frequently, and covering the mouth when sneezing or coughing. It is particularly important to stay home if you are ill.

H1N1 also is known as "Swine Flu;" Consumption of pork products in no way causes the transmission of the virus. And, the vaccine is not made from pigs or pig by-products and in no way violates Kosher or Halal prohibitions against consuming pork.
Bookmark: www.PandemicFlu.Gov

Track H1N1 Outbreak By State: This site offers users Swine H1N1 Flu status in your state

Up-to-date H1N1 News: CDC offers constant updates on the Swine H1N1 Flu as it emerges

Mitigation & Health News: CDC web site on Swine H1N1 Flu health and mitigation information

Influenza Twitter Feed: Twitter updates from the CDC on Preparedness & Response

NYC Influenza Updates: From the NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene (Location with Highest Census)

Global Outbreak Updates: The World Health Organization’s situational updates on spread, and on mitigation efforts on Swine H1N1 Flu

Updated Travel Warnings: The CDC Updates this site daily (April 30)
Occupational Health Issues Associated with 2009 H1N1 Influenza Virus: Guide and list of protections for organizations (April 30)

Letter from the NYC Health Commissioner: Letter addresses to NYC community and faith leaders asking them to inform the public about the symptoms and severity of H1N1 Swine Flu

Letter from the NYC Health Commissioner (Spanish): Letter addresses to NYC community and faith leaders asking them to inform the public about the symptoms and severity of H1N1 Swine Flu

H1N1 Flu:  A Guide for Community & Faith-Based Organizations: This is a PDF of a guide that was produced in partnership with the Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnership at U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This 24 page guide offers community and faith-based organizations a guide to, vaccine distribution, communication, vulnerable populations and work environment situations.

Faith-based Organization Checklist: This CDC checklist provides pandemic influenza preparedness guidelines for faith-based organizations.

Role of Faith-Based Organizations: This CDC resource focuses on the question, “What will be the role of Faith-Based Organizations in helping their communities during an influenza pandemic?”

Pandemic Influenza Preparedness for Faith-Based Organizations ; This is an influenza preparedness course designed in collaboration with the CDC, to enable congregations, synagogues, mosques and other places of worship to (1) protect the health of their staff and the communities in which they serve and (2) fulfill their mission during an influenza pandemic. (From EDEN the Extension Disaster Education Network)

What Faith-Based Organizations Need to Know: A PDF document by Trust for America’s Health offers a quick-reference guide to the not-seasonal flu.

Emergency Action and Recovery Plan for Religious Organizations: A PDF document by Guide One Insurance offers a quick-reference guide for FBOs.

Congregational Emergency Health Contact Form: A PDF of a form developed by Presbyterian Disaster Assistance for religious organizations distribute for use in preparing for an emergency.

Light Our Way: A Guide for Spiritual Care in Times of Disaster; For Disaster Response Volunteers, First Responders and Disaster Planners (Emotional and Spiritual Care Committee of the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster).

Spiritual Care and Mental Health for Disaster Response & Recovery; A comprehensive resource to enable religious leaders to serve their houses of worship and the public as they respond to and recover from disasters. (A Manual for NYC Religious Leader from NYDIS - New York Disaster Interfaith Services).

Disaster Spiritual Care for Religious Leaders; A PDF tip sheet for religious leaders helping their houses of worship and the broader community recover from the impact of a disaster. (For NYC Religious Leaders from NYDIS-New York Disaster Interfaith Services).

Spiritual Care at Heart of Pandemic Planning : An article, by Dr. Diane Bridges that discusses spiritual care in relation to emergency influenza planning. From a 4/19/2006 issue of Plainviews.
Swine Flu Key Facts: Provides facts about Swine Influenza

Swine Flu and You: Provides answers to questions about Swine Influenza

Swine Flu Video Podcast: In this video, Dr. Joe Bresee, with the CDC Influenza Division, describes swine flu - its signs and symptoms, how it's transmitted, medicines to treat it, steps people can take to protect themselves from it, and what people should do if they become ill.

INFLUENZA: Pigs, People and Public Health: Public Health Fact Sheet from National Pork Board

CDC Free Flu Materials
: Seasonal flu materials are free for download. Emphasis remains on outreach to high-risk groups, as well as parents of all children, health care workers, and people in the workplace.

All you have to do is wash your hands Podcast:
This Podcast teaches children how and when to wash their hands properly

Clean Hands Saves lives: Keeping hands clean is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others.

Hand washing to reduce Disease: Recommendations to Reduce Disease Transmission from Animals in Public Settings

CDC TV - Put Your Hands Together: (Video) Scientists estimate that people are not washing their hands often or well enough and may transmit up to 80% of all infections by their hands

Cover your Cough Posters:
Stop the Spread of Germs that Make You and Others Sick! ... Printable formats of "Cover Your Cough". Posters only available as PDF files.

CDC flu information
: Stopping Germs at Home, Work and School. Cover your cough or sneeze if you do not have a tissue. Then, clean your hands, and do so every time you cough or sneeze.

Information for Schools & Childcare... Cover Your Cough Materials. View larger image. See the Cover Your Cough page on this site for poster and flyer formatted for use in schools. ...

Stopping the Spread of Germs
: Stop the Spread of Germs Healthy habits at home, work, & school; Printable Materials, flyers & posters, Cover Your Cough, Germ Stopper Poster.

CDC - Be a Germ Stopper: Posters and Materials: For Community and Public Settings Like Schools and Child Care Facilities). ... Cover Your Cough also available for health care settings.

Workplace Planning: Includes flyers and posters, in English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Chinese...

CDC: Recommendations for Facemask and Respirator Use: For those communities where virus has been confirmed (April 27)

Use of Facemasks and Respirators (SPANISH): Online guide to use of facemasks and respirators to prevent/combat flu (May 1)

EPA Lists Antimicrobial Products Registered: A list of products effective in fighting H1N1 on hard surfaces (May 1)

FDA, FTC Warn Public of Fraudulent 2009 H1N1 Influenza Products: Press release informing public scams to watch for during H1N1 outbreak (May 1)

Joint WHO Statement on the Safety of Pork : Notes H1N1 and safety of pork (April 30)

Health Behaviors Guideline (Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress): Reference on how to decrease risk of flu transmission

CDC: Updated Guidance for Taking Care of a Sick Person in Your Home: Guide to caring for those sick with H1N1. (May 1)

Stopping Germs at Home, Work and School: Fact Sheet

Mental Health for Military Families (Courage to Care): Public Health Emergencies: Implications for military families and their health

Taking Care of the Sick: Web site informs those of precautions to take when caring for a sick person at home (Spanish)

If You Get the Flu: Site informs those of the steps to take if they should get flu-like symptoms

Swine Flu and You: Question and answer site regarding H1N1 Influenza A virus

CDC: Updated Guidance on HIV-Infected Adults and Adolescents: A guide of H1N1 Influenza for those suffering from HIV (April 30)


Behavioral Guidelines (Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress): Mental health and behavioral guidelines for response to a pandemic flu outbreak


H1N1 Swine Flu: What Should You Do?: Flyer by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene that breaks down the symptoms and vulnerabilities of H1N1 Swine Flu

Behavioral Guidelines (Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress): Mental health and behavioral guidelines for response to a pandemic flu outbreak


Mental Health for Military Families (Courage to Care): Public Health Emergencies: Implications for military families and their health

The Flu: A Guide for Parents: Questions and answers about the flu, how to protect your child, treatment, and more

Stopping Germs at Home, Work and School
: Fact Sheet   

Ounce of Prevention
: Tips and streaming video for parents and children about the steps and benefits of effective hand washing

For Parents and Caregivers: Online guide and quick-check of H1N1 Influenza A symptoms, child sickness and prevention

Talking about the Flu: A guide for parents to help them talk about the flu with children

H1N1 and Feeding Your Baby: Information for pregnant and nursing women about the flu, and prevention methods for protecting a baby
 
What Pregnant Women Should Know: A guide for pregnant women that discusses the H1N1 Influenza A virus and the steps they can take to protect their baby, family

CDC: Concerned Parents and Caregivers: Information on H1N1 for parents (April 29)

CDC: Guidance on the Prevention and Treatment in Children: (April 28)

CDC: Information for Pregnant Women in Education, Child Care, and Health Care: Information for those pregnant in professions of education, child and health care (May 1)


Child Care During Flu (Courage to Care): Form for caring for children during the flu season by Courage to Care

Protecting Against the Flu: Advice for Caregivers of Children Less Than 6 Months Old:
Research has shown that children less than 5 years of age are at high risk of serious flu-related complications.

Preventing the Spread of Influenza (the Flu) in Child Care Settings: Guidance for Administrators, Care Providers, and Other Staff: Flu recommendations for schools and child care providers

Questions and Answers: Information for Schools
: Printable version of answers to questions commonly asked by school administrators, teachers, staff, and parents

Questions and Answers: Information for Schools: a PDF about preventing the spread of flu in schools

For Child Care Providers: Site for those caring for children in daycares, preschools

CDC: Update on School (K – 12) Dismissal and Childcare Facilities: Interim guidance on school dismissals regarding Influenza A H1N1 (May 1)

Dept. of Education FAQs: Guidance for school administrators on virus (April 29)

CDC: H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu) Infections Alert: For use by institutions of higher education regarding virus (May 1)
WHO Statement: No Rationale for Travel Restrictions: World Health Organization recommends no travel restrictions (May 1)

CDC: Updated Travel Warning: Avoid nonessential travel to Mexico (April 30)

CDC: Updated Guidance on Risk of Swine Flu: Document discusses risk of flu associated with travel to infected areas (April 30)

CDC Airport Poster (English): Download this symptom/prevention health alert poster – the poster can be used in any public setting, not just for travelers.

CDC Airport Poster (Spanish): Download this symptom/prevention health alert poster – the poster can be used in any public setting, not just for travelers.

CDC Airport Poster (Chinese): Download this symptom/prevention health alert poster – the poster can be used in any public setting, not just for travelers.

CDC Airport Poster (Japanese): Download this symptom/prevention health alert poster – the poster can be used in any public setting, not just for travelers.

CDC Airport Poster (Korean): Download this symptom/prevention health alert poster – the poster can be used in any public setting, not just for travelers.