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Pasadena Public Health Department

Update on Influenza Type A H1N1 Virus - May 7 2008

 Barring any significant changes in the coming days, the City of Pasadena Public Health Department is sending this final local status update related to Influenza Type A H1N1 (Swine Flu).

► Current Statistics on Confirmed Cases
For a Current number on confirmed cases of the Influenza A H1N1 Virus (Swine Flu), please visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at www.cdc.gov.

Pasadena Public Health Department (PPHD) School Closure Policy for

Influenza Type A H1N1
In accordance with the California Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) most recent guidance on school closure policy (issued May 4, 2009), PPHD is not recommending closure of schools as a primary response to the current strain of this new virus. If there is a probable or confirmed case in a Pasadena area school, PPHD will work with the school, and in accordance with State and Federal guidance, recommend school closure or dismissal on a case by case basis. Factors to consider include: 1) severity of illness; 2) onset of illness at the school; 3) level of illness, i.e. number of students out sick; and 4) unique issues specific to each school. Based on the analysis of these factors, recommendations can range from education to cancellation of specific classrooms, grades or the entire school. The existence of a single student or staff diagnosed with the new virus is not enough reason to close a school.

Public Health Message from the Pasadena Public Health Department
At its most basic foundation, public health is about preventing disease and disability and promoting the health of our community. For over 115 years, the Pasadena Public Health Department has been working to protect and promote the health of the Pasadena community. This includes its readiness to respond to public health emergencies.


Influenza, or the flu, is always serious. With seasonal flu, in the U.S., approximately 36,000 people die and up to 200,000 are hospitalized due to flu-related health complications. This new strain, Influenza Type A H1N1, has never been seen before, and as such, there is no known existing immunity from it. Researchers are now studying this new strain to learn more about it, in order to minimize future health impacts. However, there are things you can do to stay informed and to stay healthy:

  • Information Distribution: If you represent an organization, such as a school or health provider’s office, and would like to ensure your agency receives any relevant public health updates, please click on “Contact Us” (purple box on the left screen of this webpage). Provide: 1) your agency name; 2) contact name; 3) email address; 4) fax #; and 5) telephone #.

  • Community Presentations about Influenza Type A H1N1: In response to requests from groups, the Pasadena Public Health Department is currently preparing a community presentation about Influenza A H1N1 and what communities can do to stay healthy and minimize the spread of this and other forms of influenza. A limited number of community presentations will be scheduled for large groups (of 15 or more). To see if a presentation can be scheduled at your business, faith center, or neighborhood association, please complete the please click on “Contact Us” (purple box on the left screen of this webpage).

  • Continue to practice good health habits that prevent the spread of infections: 1) wash your hands with soap and water (20 seconds, about the length of time it takes to sing Happy Birthday twice); 2) cover your cough or sneeze properly; and 3) if you are sick with a fever, cough and sore throat, stay at home and recover. Also, get an annual flu shot. These all help to prevent the spread of illness to others.

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Posted: 5/7/2009 11:20:00 AM