Seasonal Flu, Bird Flu & Pandemic Flu

Facts you need to know:

What is Seasonal Flu?

Seasonal Flu refers to several common strains (specific forms) of flu virus that go around each year, mainly in fall and winter. A yearly shot (vaccine) can help prevent the flu.

You Can Take Steps In Preventing Seasonal Flu!

Wash your hands frequently
Get a flu shot
Cover coughs and sneezes
Avoid touching your nose, mouth, and eyes
Practice healthy habits such as: eating healthy foods, exercising, reducing stress, getting plenty of rest
Stay home from school, work, or social events if you have a fever and respiratory symptoms

What is Bird (Avian) Flu?

Bird Flu refers to flu strains that mainly infect poultry and some wild birds. If bird flu were to evolve in a way that let it spread to people, and then spread easily between people, a pandemic could begin.

What is Pandemic Flu?

A “pandemic” is a disease that spreads all over the world and affects large numbers of people. It refers to when a new flu strain starts spreading easily and quickly around the world. Depending on the strength of the strain, it can cause:

Many people to get sick at once
Severe illness and many deaths — producing a vaccine for the new flu strain will take time
A short supply of food, goods and services
Medical or government services to become overloaded, and/or travel to be restricted, for example
Flu pandemics have happened before. They are likely to happen again. No one can say when. A lot is being done to prepare.

Chesapeake Public Schools’ staff members have been working closely with both local and state health departments in the development of a Pandemic Influenza Response Plan to ensure that the school division and its key designated staff are prepared to respond effectively and efficiently in providing essential operations and critical support during an influenza pandemic. Information has been disseminated to staff and students on tips for the prevention of flu and preparation for a pandemic. This planning is ongoing. For additional information, please call the Great Bridge clinic at 757-382-8631.

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