The American Nurses Association (ANA) provides the following information received from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) regarding the recent outbreat of Swine Influenza (Flu):
The CDC has confirmed cases of Swine Flu (H1N1) in the United States, prompting the declaration of a public health emergency. (HHS press release) Nurses will want to have the most up-to-date information on this particularly emergency, but will also want to ensure they know their responsibilities both personally and professionally in this and in any emergency.
The prevention message for the H1N1 flu is the same as with seasonal influenza - be sure you, your patients, and your community:
- Wash your hands
- Cover your cough
- Stay home/avoid public gatherings if you feel sick
For the most up-to-date information on the current outbreak of the H1N1 flu, visit the CDC's Swine Flu Web site linked below. You can sign up for email updates on the current situation or follow the CDC on Twitter.
For specific CDC guidelines for clinicians, including current recommendations for prescribing antivirals and information to be given to patients and communities, see the CDC Guidance for Clinicians and Public Health Professionals page linked below.
For information about cases internationally and other information about the international efforts around this outbreak, see the World Health Organization (WHO) Epidemic and Pandemic Alert Response page linked below.
Visit ANA's Disaster Preparedness webpage for more information on how to be personally and professionally prepared, and becoming part of an official registry to participate in disaster response efforts.