Pandemic Flu Preparedness

Overview Of Pandemic Influenza (Flu)

Influenza, also known as the flu, is a disease that attacks the respiratory tract (nose, throat, and lungs) in humans. Different from a viral cold, influenza usually comes on suddenly and may include fever, headache, tiredness (which may be extreme), dry cough, sore throat, nasal congestion, and body aches. Seasonal influenza is a yearly occurrence that causes minor economic impact and kills primarily persons aged 65 and older. It also provides immunity to those who are exposed, but do not succumb, to the virus. World-wide pandemics of influenza occur when a novel (new or different) virus emerges to which the population has little immunity. During the 20th century there were three such pandemics, the most notable of which was the 1918 Spanish influenza responsible for 20 million deaths throughout the world. When influenza strains of avian or swine influenza interact with the common strains of human influenza, a mutation can occur that leads to a virus capable of human-to-human transmission, initiating a pandemic strain of influenza. In a pandemic situation, the goal is to slow the spread of disease to prevent illness. The most effective strategy to accomplish this is through vaccination. However, it is likely that effective vaccines will not be available for many months following the emergence of a new pandemic strain of influenza. Existing antiviral medications may also not be effective or available. Other infection control strategies such as social distancing, improved hygiene and respiratory etiquette, isolation and quarantine may be used to control the spread of disease.

Chula Vista Elementary School District's Pandemic Influenza Plan

The Chula Vista Elementary School District assists the community with the attainment of its educational goals. As part of this process, CVESD is committed to providing information for the health and welfare of the educational community. The district Emergency Planning Team stays current on all relevant information and research involving potential pandemic occurrences. In doing so, we will use the most current information to educate our parents, students and staff regarding preparation and prevention.

If a pandemic occurs, the district will refer to the District's Pandemic Influenza Operations Plan for guidance, take direction from the County Health Official, the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency, California Department of Public Health and/or the Center for Disease Control and respond to a declared emergency as outlined in the CVESD Emergency Operations Plan.

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