Public Health Practices

Nursing students provide majority of vaccine given on campus

Pennsylvania State University nursing students acted as vaccinators during H1N1, allowing health services nurses to perform other roles.

Infection control internships help students, health services

Pennsylvania State University trained nursing and health policy interns to teach students about flu prevention and encourage vaccination.

Phone monitoring of students with ILI

During H1N1, Pennsylvania State University health providers monitored ill students daily by phone or through secure electronic messages.

Movie theater sign

Movie theaters helped spread public health messages (AZ, CA, NC, PA, VA)

Five states worked with movie theaters to distribute H1N1 awareness messages before the film.

Pandemic Influenza Planning Guidance for Healthcare Institutions

Philadelphia's Pandemic Influenza Planning Guidance for Healthcare Institutions addresses the needs and situations that may be experienced by hospitals during a pandemic.

Homemade personal protective equipment

The article contains specific instructions on how to construct a handmade mask, which was tested against an aerosol challenge with some measurable benefit. The authors of this brief study admit that there are problems with the masks' overall efficacy and risk of improper construction or use. Since cottage industries for masks may arise during a pandemic, it is crucial to list possible effective alternatives and limitations in their use.

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