Student Expectations
How Will I Meet This Expectation?
How Did I Meet This Expectation?
Demonstrate ability to evaluate sources of biology information on the internet
  • I will use sources given on the Credible Sources page
  • I will use Primary sources or many secondary sources for my posts to ensure my data is trustworthy
  • The sources I have used are approved
  • My information is from trustworthy websites
Demonstrate an ability to read and understand current biology news
  • I will write about a topic currently in the news
  • I will explain the information in a simple manner
  • Swine flu is currently in the news and I have explained information in a simple manner
Demonstrate proper use of online resources
  • I will hyperlink my sources
  • My sources are linked and are pertinent
Publish work that is available for peer-review
  • I will submit my post on my wiki before i post it to the Blog
  • I will provide links on websites referring to my topic
  • I have posted it to my wiki first
  • I have provided links
Discuss published work with a practicing biologist in that particular field
  • I will contact Biologist through mail, comments, and any information i can find on a biologist in the field
  • I have contacted Dr. Smith an infectious disease doctor
Provide constructive peer-review to classmates
  • I will always provide evidence or hyperlinks to my comments
  • I will take all of my peer's work into consideration when commenting on their work
  • I have accepted and rejected sites on the credible sources page, and Joseph's post.
  • I have provided only constructive criticism
Discuss in-class assignments
  • I will relate my post to previous or future assignments
  • My post is about the evolution of the influenza virus and danger.
Apply creativity to work
  • I will try to make my work appeal to the reader by making my work interesting and fun
  • I will provide humor and interesting ideas to my post, but will not intrude on the overall importance of the post
  • I have provided videos and pictures (creative commons)
When Pigs Go Bad

We all remember last spring when we first heard of the terrifying Swine Flu (H1N1). The news came in March and the media loved it. They spoke of how this could cause death on a scale not seen since the 1918 influenza epidemic. Since then there have been 1567 laboratory confirmed deaths from H1N1 in the U.S., little compared to 20 to 100 million people who died from the 1918 flu epidemic.
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Although commonly referred to as Swine Flu, the H1N1 virus is a mix of Swine Flu, Avian Flu, and Human Flu. It is called Swine Flu because early studies showed that it was similar to an influenza in pigs. In fact it is made from flu genes from pigs in Europe and Asia, birds, and humans. On October 24 2009 President Obama declared the H1N1 virus a national emergency.
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Chanchoche by jpcolasso.

H1N1 affects almost the same population as the seasonal flu; the very old, the very young, the pregnant, and the sick. But H1N1 is more prone to infect teenagers, young adults and pregnant women than is the seasonal flu, possibly because these younger groups do not have immunity as they were not exposed to previous influenza outbreaks. The H1N1 virus spreads the same way as the seasonal flu, through coughing, sneezing, or touching an area with the virus then touching one's mouth or nose. Once someone is infected with the H1N1 virus he or she is unlikely to contract it again (Although someone with a weak immune system may not be able to become completely immune to the virus).

The symptoms of the H1N1 virus are fever, cough, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, fatigue and respiratory problems. People can spread the virus from a day before one gets sick to 5-7 days after getting sick.

The CDC says if someone is exhibiting the following symptoms he or she needs medical care immediately.
In children:
  • Fast breathing or trouble breathing
  • Bluish skin color
  • Not drinking enough fluids
  • Not waking up or not interacting
  • Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held
  • Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough
  • Fever with a rash
In adults:
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
  • Sudden dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Severe or persistent vomiting

The following video can also be found at

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The following video can also be found at Dr. Bresee talks of ways to protect yourself including the H1N1 vaccine, hygiene, and antivirals if already sick.

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To stay healthy and safe people should follow these everyday guidelines. Cover your nose and your mouth when you sneeze or cough with a tissue, after it is used throw it away. Always wash your hands with soap, water or an alcohol based hand-cleaner. Do not touch your nose, mouth, or eyes. Avoid contact with sick people.

The H1N1 vaccination has probably caused the most controversy around Swine Flu. Many fear that the vaccination is unsafe and worry that it won't work. Three recent studies have proven that the vaccination is safe and protective. The studies are shown below.

(Greenberg ME, Lai MH, Hartel GF et al. Response to a monovalent 2009 influenza A (H1N1) vaccine. New Engl J of Med, 2009; 361: 2405-13; Zhu FC, Wang H, Fang HH, et al. A novel influenza A (H1N1) vaccine in various age groups. New Engl J of Med, 2009; 361: 2414-23; Clark TW, Pareek M, Hoschler K et al. Trial of 2009 influenza A (H1N1) monovalent MF59-adjuvanted vaccine. New Engl J Med, 2009; 361: 2424-35.).

Getting the swine flu vaccination is the best way to protect yourself. The harm swine flu could cause is much greater than the harm that the vaccine could.

Contrary to popular belief you cannot get swine flu from eating properly prepared pork, but you can get it from contact with pigs infected with H1N1. Pigs do carry the H1N1 virus, even a pig at the Minnesota state fair was infected with the H1N1 virus.
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1. Will the current H1N1 vaccine be effective against next year's flu virus?
2. Are their medications you can take if you already have the H1N1 virus?
3. Is the threat of the pandemic over, or can the H1N1 virus continue to infect the population?

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