Swine flu information
There has been lots of information in the media about the current risks of influenza in Mexico and Southern US and risk for travelers as well as general information.
There are everyday actions people can take to stay healthy.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hands cleaners are also effective.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.
Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
- Influenza is thought to spread mainly person-to-person through coughing or sneezing of infected people.
- If you get sick, CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.
We encourage people to check with their local advisories and the centre for disease control. http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/
Some key facts include:
This swine flu H1N1 type of influenza is different than the strain that we vaccinated people with all winter. It might still be a good idea to get a flu shot if traveling to a high risk area.
Many of the people severely affected with the Swine flu were young and healthy and several were hospitalized and a small percentage died (about 7%).
The Flu normally end in April but this Flu started late in Mexico and we would hope this improves rapidly.
Given the seriousness of this type of Flu
Our clinic has seriously been discouraging people from going to Mexico or the High risk areas of the US where it is currently reported. No doubt it is spreading and many areas have yet to report serious cases but it seems like a good idea to be cautious and not become unnecessarily exposed.
Many travel plans can be changed- cancelled or delayed and this might be a very good idea since we still do not know the full story.
This information was updated April 28,09.
I will not be updating this page as that will require constant updating of the most relevant information.
The following links are the best sources of information and will be updated.
Please be sure to recheck when each page was updated last:
CDC site Swine Influenza (Flu)
Good overview: Swine influenza A (H1N1) Outbreak in US & Mexico: Potential for a Pandemic
Canada Public Health Human Swine Influenza in Mexico - Warning http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/tmp-pmv/2009/hsf-mexico-090427-eng.php