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1: Standards: 10.1.9E Analyze how personal choice, disease, and genetics can impact health maintenance and disease prevention. 10.212E Analyze the interrelationship between environmental factors and community factors. Objectives: Each student will gain knowledge to help them prevent H1N1. Students will learn how to take care of their bodies to make sure they do not get sick

2: First you will need to know what Influenza is. Influenza is a highly contagious viral disease characterized by fever and muscular pains.

3: What is H1N1? This is what the H1N1 influenza looks like.

4: 2009 H1N1 (referred to as “swine flu” early on) is a new influenza virus causing illness in people. This new virus was first detected in people in the United States in April 2009. This virus is spreading from person-to-person worldwide, probably in much the same way that regular seasonal influenza viruses spread.

5: I guess your wondering then, why do you call H1N1 the "swine flu"? This virus was originally referred to as “swine flu” because laboratory testing showed that many of the genes in this new virus were very similar to influenza viruses that normally occur in pigs (swine) in North America.

6: But further study has shown that this new virus is very different from what normally circulates in North American pigs. It has two genes from flu viruses that normally circulate in pigs in Europe and Asia and bird (avian) genes and human genes.

7: So then how do people become infected with the virus? The virus is spread from person-to-person. It is transmitted as easily as the normal seasonal flu and can be passed to other people by coughing or sneezing that can be inhaled, or that can contaminate hands or surfaces.

8: What now what should I do to prevent getting the virus? Well, that is pretty easy! 1. Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing. 2. Try to stay away from people if they are sick, and if you are not feeling well..stay home!!

9: Don't worry, there are no known instances of people getting infected by exposure to pigs or other animals! Just make sure you wash your hand if you touch any animals!

10: What are the signs and symptoms of this virus in people? The symptoms of 2009 H1N1 flu virus in people include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. A significant number of people who have been infected with this virus also have reported diarrhea and vomiting. Severe illnesses and death has occurred as a result of illness associated with this virus.

11: What can I do to protect myself from getting sick? There is no vaccine available right now to protect against 2009 H1N1 virus. However, a 2009 H1N1 vaccine is currently in production and may be ready for the public in the fall. As always, a vaccine will be available to protect against seasonal influenza.

12: Tips to keep you healthy •Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it. •Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Hand sanitizers are also effective. •Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.

13: •Try to avoid close contact with sick people. •If you are sick with flu-like illness, you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. Keep away from others as much as possible to keep from making others sick.

14: Hopefully this lesson gave you some great insight on H1N1. Contact your doctor about a flu shot or if you are not feeling well!

15: Please complete the following H1N1 activity!!

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