Swine Flu in Schools
The current threat of the H1N1 (Swine Flu) virus to schools is large, but still unknown. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that this virus could potentially affect up to 40% of the U.S. Population. This particular virus seems to have targeted younger people rather than the normal type of infection which usually affects older individuals. Below is a graph that the Center for Disease Control has compiled as of July 2009 which outlines the age group that the H1N1 virus is likely to target.
Novel H1N1 Confirmed and Probable Case Rate in the United States, By Age Group
*Excludes 6,741 cases with missing ages.
Rate / 100,000 by Single Year Age Groups: Demonimator Source: 2008 Census Estimates, U.S. Census Bureau at:
There are approximately 55 million students and 7 million staff who attend more than 130,000 public and private schools in the United States each day. Planning is for this pandemic is essential. With proper planning school officials can help protect over one-fifth of the country’s population from flu.
Without proper planning, schools are left to “improvise” (as many did in April 2009) in their response efforts if/when they become effected by the H1N1 (Swine Flu) virus. This leads to rushed and irrational decision making at a time when composure is needed. Parents become frantic as school officials decide what they need to do. Children become ill at school. Employees become ill (or frightened both for themselves and their families). Dismissal issues come up. Procedures to mitigate the spread of the virus are lacking, and many issues are unfortunately dealt with spontaneously rather than strategically. Schools with nurses may also have a false sense of security. Though knowledgeable, nursing is a focused science not necessarily devoted to emergency planning.
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