Influenza

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With the 2009 outbreak of the deadly H1N1 flu, popularly known as "swine flu," people across the globe crowded emergency rooms and clinics for treatment. During outbreaks, schools shut down and parents stayed home from work as the flu spread across the United States. But the best prevention method touted over and over again was profoundly simple: "Hand washing is a cheap, easy and effective way to avoid catching...the flu" reports USA TODAY, the Nation's No. 1 Newspaper. According to the Centers for Disease ...

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Overview

With the 2009 outbreak of the deadly H1N1 flu, popularly known as "swine flu," people across the globe crowded emergency rooms and clinics for treatment. During outbreaks, schools shut down and parents stayed home from work as the flu spread across the United States. But the best prevention method touted over and over again was profoundly simple: "Hand washing is a cheap, easy and effective way to avoid catching...the flu" reports USA TODAY, the Nation's No. 1 Newspaper. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia, hand washing "has a huge [positive] health impact." H1N1 and other types of influenza (flu) affect millions of people around the world every year. Between 250,000 and 500,000 of them will die. The good news is that effective vaccines are available to prevent the flu in most people. In this book, you'll read cases studies of people with various types of influenza and learn about the effects of this highly contagious yet preventable and treatable disease. You'll also find basic information about symptoms, transmission, prevention, treatment, and research to help you understand how to protect yourself, your friends, and your family from this common disease.

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Children's Literature - Elizabeth Leis-Newman
Part of a series of health books from USA Today, Influenza tackles the timely topic of the flu. Nurse Goldsmith writes in an engaging and lively fashion, making medical and historical information digestible. Interspersed throughout the book are stories from USA Today and anecdotes about children who have been stricken with different types of flu. The book was fact-checked and sourced well, and a glossary provides guidance for tough scientific terms. Influenza includes chapters describing how flu viruses mutate, H5N1 bird flu and H1N1 swine flu, as well as how to prevent and treat flu. This book is most appropriate for high-school students, but adults may also find it useful because of the amount of historical, sociological and biological information. Influenza would be helpful for any curriculum focusing on World War I or for those teaching about the different strains of flu. Reviewer: Elizabeth Leis-Newman
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Connie Goldsmith writes about science and health for children and adults. Most of her books are published by Lerner Publishing Group's Twenty-First Century Books imprint. Her works include books about malaria, skin cancer, hepatitis, influenza, meningitis, antibiotic resistant infections, and emerging infectious diseases.

As an RN with a master's degree in health, Connie also writes continuing education articles for nurses on a wide variety of topics, and has written for other healthcare professionals as well.

Other writing venues include "The Book Report," a monthly children's book review column for California Kids, a Sacramento regional parenting magazine.

She has had articles published in the children's magazines Cricket and Highlights, among others, and has written for the SCBWI Bulletin, Children's Writer, and Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market.

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