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Fulton County Additional Nasal Spray available.

H1N1 Flu Guidance for those operating homeless shelters.

Updated Interim Recommendations for Obstetric Health Care Providers, 10/13/09.
Pregnant women are at higher risk for severe complications and death from influenza, including both 2009 H1N1 influenza and seasonal influenza. Treatment with oseltamivir (Tamiflu®) or zanamivir (Relenza®) is recommended for pregnant women with suspected or confirmed influenza and can be taken during any trimester of pregnancy.

DeKalb County will begin administering vaccine Wednesday, October 7. Walk-in service is available at all Board of Health centers, Monday through Friday between 8:15 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Please call the DeKalb County Board of Health for specific information about vaccine locations at 404-294-3700 or visit DeKalbHealth.The nasal spray is known as live attenuated influenza vaccine. Immunization efforts in DeKalb County are focused on reaching healthy children age 2 to 4 years old in order to protect a population that spreads the virus and is more at risk for hospitalizations.

N1H1 Flu Guide for Community and Faith-Based Organizations. Select this link for a document produced by the Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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H1N1 Flu PSAs featuring Elmo available. The Departments of Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, and Education, and Sesame Workshop launch a national public service campaign to encourage American children and families to take steps to prevent the spread of the 2009 H1N1 flu virus. To download broadcast quality versions of these PSAs, visit [http://www.wmm2.com/mediamail_view.aspx?uid=439e603f-f13c-44c5-a3b0...;

A letter to the Community
As the flu season approaches and Georgians continue to express greater concerns about novel influenza A (H1N1), formerly named the swine flu, it is imperative that we educate ourselves, our colleagues and our loved ones about both the seasonal flu and novel H1N1 flu. To assist Georgians with this task, the Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) recently launched the Roll Up Your Sleeve campaign.

Roll Up Your Sleeve highlights the importance of getting a seasonal flu vaccination and the importance of high-risk individuals considering the novel H1N1 vaccination once it becomes available. The campaign also provides prevention steps you can take to minimize the spread of the flu viruses and the steps you should take if you or your family members develop flu symptoms.

While the severity and symptoms of novel H1N1 flu are similar to the seasonal flu, we anticipate seeing an increase in the number of novel H1N1 flu cases because very few people have immunity to this virus.

This increased number of novel H1N1 cases, combined with the people that will be affected by the seasonal flu will result in higher than normal absenteeism in schools and the workplace. Families and employers should make plans to address absenteeism now – plans that encourage sick children and ill employees to stay home.

Precautions everyone can take now are as simple as ABC:
A: Act to protect yourself by washing your hands regularly to diminish virus transmission. Use warm soapy water or alcohol based hand sanitizers. Also protect yourself by getting the seasonal flu shot this fall.

B: Be considerate. With a tissue or your shirt sleeve, cover your mouth when you cough and your nose when you sneeze. If you or your child become ill, remain home, feel better, and avoid spreading the illness to others.

C: Connect with your choice of trusted health information and keep up to date with information and recommendations about the new novel H1N1 vaccine.

Good Health to you,
Dr. Rhonda Medows
Commissioner, Georgia Department of Community Health

School Information

Georgia Guidelines for Control of Novel HiNi in Schools and Child Care Facilities

School Exclusion Policy

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North GA Conference UMC information for individuals and congregations.

CDC Quick Reference Guide for Public Information on Infection Control

Episcopal Relief information on pandemics and the church.

Provides facts about Swine Influenza

Provides answers to questions about Swine Influenza

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.

Just Wash Your Hands This Podcast teaches children how and when to wash their hands properly

Swine Flu RSS feed Receive automatic updates on Swine Flu from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention right on your desktop or browser.

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

Datos importantes sobre la influenza porcina