We realize the challenges our members and colleagues will face with the threat of the H1N1 virus and have discussed how we can provide you with the most up-to-date information on H1N1. We have determined that the most trustworthy, accurate information is available through the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
The CDC has a Web page specific to the H1N1 virus, as well as a weekly FluView report. You can also sign up to receive daily notifications via e-mail of updates to the Web site to keep you abreast of the latest information on the virus. The site also has free, downloadable flyers including "A Guide for Parents," and "Take 3 Steps to Fight the Flu" to be shared with your patients. You can also download stickers to be printed on standard Avery labels. We encourage you to save the CDC Web address (www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu) in your "favorites" and sign up for the Web site updates.
For our members who care for pediatric patients in primary practice, we also have resources for you. Through our partnership with the American Society of Pediatrics (AAP), we have received permission from Barton D. Schmitt, MD, a well known author of telephone triage protocols on pediatrics, to share the AAP's two excellent brochures on H1N1. Download these two brochures:
- Swine Flu Facts Handout (Acrobat): tape to inside exam room doors or give to families of well children or non-swine flu illnesses at check-in, etc.
- Swine Flu Suspected Handout (Acrobat): for patients who have symptoms (give to these families at check-in)
Dr. Schmitt reminds those who use these flyers in their practice that these handouts use under 2 years old as the cutoff for high risk healthy children. If anyone wants to see the 2 to 5 year old group as well when they develop mild to moderate flu symptoms, they should change the definition. He also gave another warning: that decision may double your call volume without any proven benefits to the children since the complication, hospitalization and death rate is not higher for this age range (2-5).
Links to all of these resources are also conveniently accessible from the "Links" section of the AAACN Web site. This is one way AAACN (and the CDC) can help you keep one step ahead of the H1N1 virus!
Other Recommended Resources
American Academy of Pediatrics: Members caring for pediatric patients may want to visit the American Academy of Pediatrics H1N1 Web page to get information on preventing the flu and caring for pediatric patients with the H1N1 flu.
The American Red Cross: The American Red Cross site has great information on personal preparation for H1N1.