Pandemic Influenza is an epidemic of an influenza virus that spreads on a worldwide scale and infects a large proportion of the human population. Because there is little natural immunity, the disease can spread easily from person to person. Influenza pandemics occur when a new strain of the influenza virus is transmitted to humans from another animal species. New strains are unaffected by any immunity people may have to older strains of human influenza and can therefore spread extremely rapidly and infect very large numbers of people.
POD is a point of distribution.
Closed POD is a location operated by a private agency or organization for specific populations and is not open to the public.
Emergency Powers ACT
An Emergency Powers ACT will allow individuals other than pharmacists to dispense prescription drugs at PODs during an emergency. Every state has pharmacy laws that regulate who may dispense prescription drugs. There are waivers ready for the governor to sign that will allow volunteers, under a pharmacist’s supervision, to dispense medication during an emergency. Closed PODs must collaborate with local public health to determine supervision methods that are being utilized in Ohio. The Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act was created to improve the nation’s public health and medical preparedness and response capabilities for emergencies, whether deliberate, accidental or natural. For more information on the PAHP Act visit: http://www.hhs.gov/aspr/opsp/pahpa/index.html
Pandemic Influenza Team
· Pandemic Coordinator Superintendent
· Medical Coordinator School Nurse
· Security / Site Coordinator Building Principal
· Staffing Coordinator Assistant Principal/Guidance Counselor
· Information / Supplies Coordinator Building Secretary
· Facilities Coordinator Maintenance Supervisor
· Technology Coordinator Technology Coordinator
Closed POD for Lisbon Exempted Village School District
The Lisbon Exempted Village School District will operate as a closed POD to serve the students of the school district when threatened by a pandemic outbreak of influenza. A closed POD site will serve directly the school community and eliminate highly stressed open POD sites that serve the entire population. A closed site through the school is an appropriate way to reach children of the school district as they are designated as high risk populations for influenza.
Pandemic Influenza Plan
1. Pandemic Coordinator will notify all employees, students and parents about the threat of a pandemic influenza outbreak and be advised about the process involved and how it will affect them.
2. Pandemic Coordinator will communicate with the Columbiana County Health Department regarding the threat of an outbreak within the school district.
3. Medical Coordinator will work with building administrators to monitor/track staff and student absences, as well as individual cases of influenza throughout the district.
4. Technology Coordinator will provide employees, students and parents with the appropriate health sanitation and safety practices to be implemented through the District web site.
5. Information and Medical Coordinators will survey high risk population to determine the number of vaccines necessary to immunize.
6. Facilities Coordinator will work with building administration and custodial staff to increase the sanitation procedures in all buildings.
7. Pandemic Coordinator and Medical Coordinator will work with the Columbiana County Health Department to determine the point at which the district will need to operate as a closed POD.
8. The Pandemic Influenza Team will meet to implement a closed POD through the Lisbon Exempted Village School District and develop a schedule of operations.
9. The Lisbon Exempted Village School District will utilize the David Anderson High School auditorium and the McKinley Gymnasium as the location of dispensing a vaccine through the Health Department and/or medical professionals. Seating in the auditorium will be organized by the site coordinator. Overflow areas will be determined by the Site Coordinators as necessary.
10. Information, Security and Site Coordinators will obtain and make available, before the event or emergency occurs, the necessary written agreements between the school district, medical services personnel and patients needed for dispensing.
11. Facilities, Site and Medical Coordinators will prepare the building and POD site to receive and put in place volunteers, medical services staff and/or Columbiana County Health Department Staff and Materials.
12. Pandemic Coordinator will establish the availability and use of school technology equipment with the school technology director and treasurer to make available the necessary technology devices to ensure quality communication.
13. Staffing Coordinator will establish and secure enough volunteers necessary to assist the Pandemic Influenza Team, the Health Department or other medical staff before, during and following the closed POD procedures.
14. Security Coordinator will work with local law enforcement to maintain proper security, traffic and parking throughout the administration of vaccine process.
15. Facilities and Site Coordinators will secure the building following a closed POD event to verify that all sanitary needs are met and the building will be ready to return to its use for students.
16. School closings and re-openings will be determined through communication between the Pandemic Influenza Team, the Columbiana County Health Department, the Ohio Department of Health and the Ohio Department of Education.