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H1N1 Flu Resources

September 16th, 2009

With an unpredictable flu season this year, many experts are warning medical and dental offices to be prepared for an increase of infected patients as well as potential employee and supply shortages. Five groups have been targeted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) to be the first to receive the vaccine against novel influenza (H1N1), according to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website, to include health care and emergency medical services personnel.

The vaccination efforts are designed to help reduce the impact and spread of novel influenza C and H1N1. Personal protective equipment (PPE) including respiratory protection, gloves, gowns, and eye protection and other strategies such as innovative triage processes, handwashing, disinfection, gloves, vaccination and antiviral drug use are needed to protect frontline workers against nH1N1 Influenza A.

OMSs and their staff should monitor the H1N1 Flu website and state and local health department websites for the latest information. OMSs are encouraged to develop or enhance their practice's contingency response and/or pandemic response plans. The following links will assist you and your staff to prepare for the nH1N1 Influenza A virus and flu season.

Web sites

Flu.gov
CDC H1N1 Flu Clinical and Public Health Guidance
CDC H1N1 Flu Guidelines
CDC Oral Health Infection Control
OSAP.org
AMA-assn.org
ADA.org
WHO.int
AMA-assn.org

Articles/Reports

High-risks group targeted by ACIP to receive H1N1 vaccine first
HHS to electronically collect hospital bed data for H1N1 flu season
CDC To Tap Social Media Tools To Spread H1N1 Flu Virus Information
Respiratory Protection for Healthcare Workers in the Workplace Against Novel H1N1 Influenza A. Report Brief
Swine Flu Could Infect Half of U.S.
MMWR Update: Influenza Activity - United States, April-August 2009

Other Resources

Planning Checklists
Prevention of Swine Influenza A (H1N1) in the Dental Healthcare Setting
OSAP Scripts and other Information for Dental Professionals
CDC Hand Hygiene
CDC Cover Your Cough