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September 23, 2009

RE: Federal H1N1 Resources

Dear Mayor:

We have been asked to share with you the following information, provided by White House Intergovernmental Affairs Director Cecilia Munoz. Some of you may have received the information below directly from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS); we reproduce it here to assist in distributing this important information as widely as possible.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services H1N1 Resources

As the flu season approaches, we want to draw your attention to some of the helpful resources compiled on www.flu.gov and other Department of Health and Human Services web sites. HHS will continue to update this information throughout the fall, so please check the web site often.

TOOLKITS

HHS has made a variety of toolkits available online for use in businesses and government offices, child care settings, K-12 schools and higher education institutions. Each toolkit contains Frequently Asked Questions about H1N1 Preparedness, Fact Sheets, Posters, Template Letters/Emails and Additional Communications Tools.

Employers:
http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/business/
 
Child Care and Early Childhood Programs:
http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/childcare/toolkit/

OTHER RESOURCES

H1N1 Vaccination Planning Q&A for State and Local Officials:
http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/vaccination/statelocal/qa.htm

UPDATED GUIDANCE

The HHS has prepared the following guidance documents, which are available on their website, http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/.

Guidance for Businesses and Employers:  This document recommends different guidelines for businesses and employers to plan and respond to H1N1.  The d document includes actions that employers should take now to prepare for such an outbreak and important components of a pandemic plan.  

Guidance for Emergency Personnel:  This document provides steps for 9-1-1 and healthcare systems to take in the event that they experience a surge in calls or walk-in visits for care, advice and information.  The document is available on-line at http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/guidance_ems.htm

Guidance for Community Settings

Guidance on Exclusion:  This document recommends that people with H1N1 like symptoms remain at home until at least 24 hours after they are free of fever.  The document is available on-line at http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/guidance/exclusion.htm 
Public gatherings:  This document discusses community situations in which crowding is likely to occur.  The document does not issue guidelines that distinguish between outdoor and indoor events.  The document is available on-line at http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/guidance/public_gatherings.htm

Facemask and respirator use:  This document provides information on the effectiveness of facemask and respirators for decreasing the risk of influenza infection in community settings.    The document is available on-line at http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/masks.htm

Guidance for Homeless & Emergency shelters:  This document suggests means to reduce the spread of H1N1 in these settings and communities.  The document is available on-line at http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/guidance/homeless.htm 
Guidance for Correctional & Detention Facilities:  This document provides guidance for correctional facilities during the outbreak to ensure continuation of essential public services and protection of the health and safety of inmates, staff and visitors.  It contains examples of how to reduce risk of introduction into institutions and the rapid detection and management of cases.  The document is available on-line at http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/guidance/correctional_facilities.htm

We would like to thank Director Munoz for providing this valuable information on the H1N1 flu.   Please share this useful information with your office of emergency management, school officials and business community.

Very truly yours,

 

William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director

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