What is the flu?
Flu also called influenza is a contagious disease of the lungs and airways. Usually influenza viruses are spread in droplets of cough and sneezes.
Fever Headache Runny Nose
Body Aches Sore Throat Stomach and Intestinal Discomfort Extreme Tiredness Cough
How does seasonal flu differ from Pandemic Flu?
- Occurs every year usually in the winter.
- For most people, it is an unpleasant but not life-threatening infection.
- Affects up to about 10% of the population.
- Annual vaccination is available for those at risk of serious illness.
- Occurs rarely (three times in the 20th century).
- It could be a more serious infection for everyone.
- May affect around 25% of the population.
- Vaccine probably would not be available in the early stages of the pandemic.
According to the Washington State Department of Health, an epidemic is an outbreak of a disease that occurs in one of several limited areas, like a city, state, or country. Once the disease spreads beyond the borders of several countries and affects many countries across the globe, it is called a pandemic. In the 20th century, several pandemics of influenza occurred – the biggest one in 1918. During that pandemic, at least 500,000 Americans died and it has been estimated that there were as many of 10 million deaths worldwide.
In the case of a pandemic flu event, the school district will follow the district’s Infectious Disease Policy and implement the district planning, response and recovery procedures.