CDC guidance for emergency shelters for the 2009-2010 flu season
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CDC guidance for emergency shelters for the 2009-2010 flu season

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    • Journal Article:
      Human Influenza A (H1N1), 2009
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      November 24, 2009 1:30 PM ET

      This document provides interim guidance specific for U.S.-based emergency shelters used by displaced persons during a natural or man-made disaster during the 2009-2010 influenza (“flu”) season. This document provides guidance to reduce the risk of introducing and transmitting both seasonal and 2009 H1N1 flu in these settings. This document is intended for use by federal, state, local, and tribal jurisdictions in the United States. It should be used in conjunction with existing shelter operation and management plans, procedures, guidance, resources, and systems. It is not a substitute for shelter planning and preparedness activities, including other guidance documents. A multi-disciplinary approach that includes community response partners (e.g., public health, emergency management, and volunteer organizations) should be used to apply the guidance in this document. Recommendations may be revised as more information becomes available. This guidance is intended for “general population” or “congregate” shelters. It should not be applied to medical support shelters (i.e., shelters that accommodate people with functional disabilities and medical needs beyond the typical capability of traditional shelters) or functional needs shelters (i.e., shelters that support individuals with physical, cognitive, sensory, and behavioral disabilities or other conditions that impair their level of functioning and individuals who have chronic medical or health conditions that require functional or medical support, but not at the level of care provided in medical support shelters.) Medical support shelters and functional needs shelters should follow the Interim Guidance on Infection Control Measures for 2009 H1N1 Influenza in Healthcare Settings, Including Protection of Healthcare Personnel.

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      Background -- Recommended Strategies for Influenza Prevention in Shelters -- For More Information.
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