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CDC Health Alert Network (HAN) Info Service Message: NEW and UPDATED Interim CDC Guidance Documents on H1N1 Flu

Distributed via Health Alert Network
May 6, 2009, 14:30 EDT (2:30 PM EDT)
HANINFO-0288-05-06-09-N

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues its response to the novel H1N1 Flu outbreak. As of May 6, 642 human infections with novel H1N1 flu have been confirmed in 41 states in the United States. As testing continues in many other states, more cases and more states are expected to be added. There have been two confirmed deaths in the US associated with the H1N1 virus to date.

CDC's goals continue to be to reduce transmission and illness severity and provide information to assist health care providers, public health officials and the public. To this end, CDC continues to develop and update interim guidance documents.

New Postings:

Recommendations are as of May 1 and may be superseded by more recent information posted online. Topics discussed include recommendations for pregnant women, recommendations regarding children with special health care needs, considerations for breast feeding mothers and infants and what is known about infant feeding decisions relating to treatment and prophylaxis (including discussion of control of transmission from infected mother/nursing mother to newborn child), childcare institution issues, and discussion of use of rapid influenza testing.

Recommendations include: symptom recognition, treatment recommendations, self-protective recommendations, recommended adherence to currently taken medications prescribed for HIV infection, chemoprophylaxis advice for HIV+ close contacts of individuals with H1N1 infection, and notation that HIV+ individuals do not appear to be at elevated risk of H1N1 infection although they may be susceptible to greater complications if infected.

Recommendations include change in school dismissal guidance (see "Update on School (K – 12) and Childcare Facilities: Interim CDC Guidance in Response to Human Infections with the Novel Influenza A (H1N1) Virus," below), advice to parents regarding not sending sick children to school, reiterated advice for adults and children on personal protective behaviors (e.g., hand washing, staying home from work if sick).

Recommendations include: to reduce spread of influenza in schools, focus on early identification of ill students and staff, staying home when ill, and good cough and hand hygiene etiquette. Decisions about school closure should be at the discretion of local authorities based on local considerations, including public concern and the impact of school absenteeism and staffing shortages.

Updated Information

Additional documents for health care providers, public health officials and the public are available. Information for the public is posted daily in both English and Spanish. Also, CDC’s toll-free hotline, 800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636) TTY: (888) 232-6348, is available 24 hours a day, every day.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) protects people’s health and safety by preventing and controlling diseases and injuries; enhances health decisions by providing credible information on critical health issues; and promotes healthy living through strong partnerships with local, national and international organizations.

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The HAN Info Service is utilized by the CDC's Health Alert Network to distribute general correspondence from CDC which is not necessarily considered to be of an emergent nature.

 
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