Health officials are expressing concerns about California’s preparedness for the upcoming flu season, in which an already strained healthcare system will have to cope with seasonal influenza as well as the swine flu.
The California Department of Public Health on Thursday warned that as many as one in four Californians may be sickened this year by swine flu, officially known as the H1N1 strain.
Officials are racing to prepare for what is expected to be a large increase in the number of people seeking flu shots because of growing public unease about the swine flu. Interviews with hospital officials this week indicate that medical facilities, doctor’s offices and pharmacies still have a way to go to be ready, particularly if this year’s flu season is severe.
“We don’t have a long time,” said Dr. Gil Chavez, deputy director of the California Department of Public Health’s Center for Infectious Diseases. “It’s requiring very intensive efforts.”
Among the biggest problems:
* The public will probably need three flu shots for full protection, one for the regular flu and two for the swine flu. The two swine flu shots would be given three weeks apart. That, combined with an expected greater demand, is probably going to cause logistical problems at doctor’s offices, drugstores and clinics that typically give out only one shot.
Be careful out there. A close friend of mine just told me tonight that her son has the Swine Flu. They live in Woodland, CA. So far he is not sick enough to be in the hospital, but he is pretty miserable. Here are some facts from the CDC.
GlaxoSmithKline is preparing to sell billions worth of swine flu drugs this year. Their swine flu vaccine will be available by September, and international governments are already stockpiling large supplies of GSK’s anti-viral treatment Relenza.
Worldwide sales from the two drugs are expected to be enormous, but the company rejected claims it was exploiting the pandemic.
GlaxoSmithKline has also developed an anti-viral face mask, which is expected to be used by people such as “front line health workers.” – m
How can you protect yourself? Is Virogard out of masks?
One person writes:
You need N99 mask, eye protection, gloves and a full body particle suit. Then you can go shopping with sick people.
Also found this:
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Will you survive if you get it? Probably. Although many will get it, the vast majority of people who get it will not get severely ill.
A virus’s worst enemy is the human immune system. When an unknown pathogen like the new coronavirus invades, the body naturally develops antibodies that can seek out and destroy the interloper. The process takes time, however, and sometimes the system doesn’t react fast enough. – time
… wash your hands, be careful when you sneeze, gets lots of sleep, don’t rub your eyes (especially after touching your nose), eat lots of fruits and vegetables…. a cold virus can survive on someone’s hand for a couple of hours or for several days on some materials. – hsw
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