Statement on Reported Swine Flu in Shelby County

On April 30, 2009, in News 2009, by Mark Norris
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Jeremy Davis

April 30, 2009

Phone: (615) 741-1967

“Earlier this morning I was informed that a probable second case of the H1N1 virus, also being called the ‘swine flu,’ has been located within Tennessee. This latest case has been identified as a young student who resides in my hometown of Collierville. We are relieved that the child is at home being properly treated and is doing well. The school has been closed by the Department of Health, pursuant to Centers for Disease Control policy, for seven days to minimize the possibility of spreading to other students.

I met with Tennessee Commissioner of Health, Susan Cooper, early this morning for an update on our preparedness and precautions which have been taken. I am confident that everything which can be done has been done. The rest is up to each of us. Use common sense and proper hygiene. We are advising that everyone follow the guidelines of frequently washing your hands and covering your mouth when you sneeze. If anyone feels ill with flu-like symptoms, they are advised to stay home from work or school. If you have any concerns or questions, or feel you have the H1N1 virus, contact your Primary Care Provider.”

From Susan Cooper, MSN, RN, Tennessee Commissioner of Health:

“We are taking all necessary precautions in responding to this public health emergency, and are working closely with Sen. Norris and our state legislators to help keep the public informed about what they need to do,” said Health Commissioner Susan R. Cooper, MSN, RN. “We have a plan for responding to this type of situation in Tennessee, and are well prepared to deal with this outbreak. We fully expect to have additional cases, so we want Tennesseans to remember to practice those good hygiene tips, and to make plans for things like child care in the event of a school closure or illness in their families.”

Attached is more information from the Department of Health. Also, please see the Department’s website at: http://health.state.tn.us/swineflu.htm

Current as of April 30, 2009

NOVEL FLU INFORMATION TO ASSIST CONSTITUENTS
Provided by Tennessee Department of Health

• Anyone seeking the latest information about the flu outbreak can visit the Tennessee Department of Health Web site at http://health.state.tn.us/swineflu.htm or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Web site at www.cdc.gov/swineflu/. These Web sites are updated daily.

Here are responses to specific calls and questions you may receive:

I think I might have the swine flu.
If you are ill and believe you may have the flu, stay home. If you have questions, call your primary care provider. If you don’t have a primary care provider, call your local county health department for information.

Do I need to get medicine to have on hand in case I get sick with this flu virus?
No. If you become ill with flu-like symptoms, call your healthcare provider.

When can I get a vaccine against this flu virus?
1. There is currently no vaccine against this flu virus. The best way to protect yourself and your family from this virus is to follow common sense good hygiene practices that help protect you from other illnesses: wash your hands frequently and cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or sleeve.

2. Persons who are sick with flu-like symptoms should stay home from school
and/or work until they’re well.

I have travel plans – should I cancel them?
At this time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending that American travelers avoid all nonessential travel to Mexico. No other specific travel recommendations have been made at this time related to the flu outbreak. Changes to this recommendation will be posted on the CDC’s Web site at
http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/.

Do I need to close my business due to this flu outbreak?
No. However, if an employee is sick with fever and flu-like symptoms he or she should stay home.

I am planning an event that will attract a lot of people. Should I cancel it due
to this flu outbreak?
No. The Department of Health will give guidance should this recommendation change.

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