The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has developed a centralized page to help health care professionals stay abreast of the latest guidance for the influenza season. Find up-to-date resources here. See the AAP Influenza Resource Page for Health Professionals. Also see the AAP policy statements "Recommendations for Prevention and Control of Influenza in Children, 2017-2018" and "Influenza Immunization for All Health Care Personnel: Keep it Mandatory". Review the AAP Pediatrics article, "Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Among Child Care Center Directors in 2008 and 2016", for information on a recent study.AAP Resources Created During the Pandemic
The AAP developed the following resources in response to the H1N1 pandemic:Ideas, Lessons Learned, and Solutions
The following information is provided by practitioners and those working in various health settings on lessons learned during the 2009 H1N1 pandemic and can be used for educational purposes. If you have presented at a meeting or have a tool or idea to share, please forward your PowerPoint presentation or a description of your tool/solution/lesson learned to DisasterReady@aap.org
- A Rapid Medical Screening Process Improves Emergency Department Patient Flow During Surge Associated With Novel H1N1 Influenza Virus – This article by Daniel B Fagbuyi, MD, FAAP, compares emergency department (ED) patient flow during the fall 2009 H1N1-associated surge at an urban, tertiary care, pediatric medical center to that in the previous winter virus season. The article concludes that the implementation of a rapid screening process was linked to improved patient flow without affecting rates of return to the ED within 48 hours or 7 days, with only a modest increase in staffing.
- CCHMC Patient Surge Response Overflow Clinic – This poster describes how the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC) responded to the 2009 increase of children presenting to the emergency room with influenza-like-illness by opening an overflow clinic outside the emergency department. For more information, contact Kenda J Kanta, RN.
- Children's Mercy Hospital – This presentation determined that Kansas City's Children's Mercy Hospital pediatric urgent care center was more affected by the H1N1 Influenza outbreak than the pediatric emergency department and that it would be beneficial for the urgent care center to receive a substantial allocation of resources during a large-scale influenza outbreak. For more information, contact Dr Gregory Conners.
- Pediatric Healthcare Response to Pandemic Influenza Meeting Summary - This meeting brought together subject matter experts to develop tools for use by the pediatric health care community in response to pandemic influenza activity during the 2009 influenza season.
- Surge Protection: H1N1 Milwaukee – This presentation evaluates the effects of an H1N1 surge plan on a Milwaukee pediatric emergency department. It was determined that a comprehensive surge plan can help to mitigate the impact of excess patient volume on emergency department flow, patient and staff satisfaction, and sustainability. For more information, contact Marlene Melzer-Lange, MD, FAAP.
- Vaccination Training for Health Care Providers – This presentation may be of use to physicians in private practice who need to train staff in injection techniques or have never given injections themselves. For more information, contact Colleen Woolsey, PhD, ARNP, MSN.