Even More Flu News!

It always seem to happen – I save up some good links about the H1N1 Swine Flu, go back through them and read them carefully, type an informative post… and as soon as I publish it, I find even more information that I think you could use.

It’s happened again, as usual. But instead of saving them until my next Flu Update, I decided to post them today. They’re pretty important links that you should  read, but also I have to see the doctor today. It’s my first time seeing this doctor, so I don’t know how long it will take.

I’m not seeing a new specialist – my usual doctor (my Primary Care Physician, for those of you who don’t live in the United States) recently retired, and this is my first appointment with my new doctor. Since my heart is *ahem* quite unusual, I think I’ll be there for a while!

But on to the flu… If you have a TamiFlu prescription for your child, be very careful. Doctors usually prescribe liquid medication in milliliters, but the TamiFlu box has a syringe that measures Milligrams. These measurements are not the same, and you could easily give too much or too little of the drug.

Revere over at Effect Measure (who has become one of my favorite Flubloggers) has a look at Intensive Care Unit (ICU) occupancy in the Southern Hemisphere and has some disturbing news: ICU units could get slammed. It’s not so much that we don’t have enough ICU beds to deal with a crisis, you have to have a staff with the required amount of medical training.

The second wave of H1N1 is sweeping the United States, brought on my close contact. As I’ve mentioned before, Influenza loves a crowd, and it is fall – school is back in session. Flu is even altering our worship habits: The Archdiocese of Winnipeg is taking steps to limit the spread of the Flu. No Holy Water for a while (but there is hand sanitizer) and shaking hands is discouraged. The public area is sanitized after each service, and even the Chalice gets wiped after every use. It feels strange, I’m sure, but I think God understands.

And finally, a post that I hope will reassure those who have questions about the vaccine. You really do need this immunization, especially if you have a Chronic Illness. I’ve had my seasonal flu shot, I’m on the lookout for the H1N1 shot, and I highly recommend that you do the same.

And now, off to the doctor’s office!

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2 Responses to “Even More Flu News!”

  1. Stefenie Jacks Says:

    Thanks Steve for keeping us up to date on the flu buzz. I really appreciate your thoughts on the H1N1 vaccine. I know a lot of heart moms are very nervous and at times feel conflicted on whether to get it or not.

  2. carolyn compton Says:

    When Clarry (2 years old-CHD) had H1N1 he wasn’t in respiratory distress, he wouldn’t eat or drink. His symptoms were more like gastro. He was floppy and his sats were way down but I couldn’t see it in his skin tone as I would normally after he was playing for example. I was alarmed that I couldn’t see it in him. I went to A&E because I couldn’t get him to take fliuds. He was clinically tested and found positive for H1N1. His twin brother (2 years old-asthma) I believe also had it (first) but he wasn ‘t tested and didn’t need to go to hospital. He wasn’t in repiratory distress, but again had signs of gastro and an unwillingness to eat or drink. Its worth the shot Steve! Good on you with your ongoing public awareness.

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