Post Edited (Jen77) : 9/5/2009 4:18:27 PM (GMT-6)
Just want to add, get your seasonal flu shot and know that will help protect you from the regular flu. They are giving that shot now as I got mine at the State Fair.
I am a school nurse so waiting for the H1N1 has caused me some concern as school nurses are often the first to see the children with flu as they come in with their sx. As you said, we cannot worry about it and hibernate..........just keep on washing your hands well and cover your cough or others should cover their coughs......which ever way works best.
If you choose to stay away from large groups, I say that is fine. Whatever helps you deal with the Health Anxiety.
I wish you happiness,
I am going to post the CDC Guidelines again just to remind everyone of how to protect yourselves and others. No panic just plain simple precautions we should be using everyday.
To protect yourself and others from the H1N1 virus and seasonal flu virus, the CDC recommends covering the nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Wash hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand cleaners. Avoid touching the eyes, nose or mouth. Germs are spread this way.If you are sick with a flu-like illness, stay home for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone.
Never feel guilty for protecting your self from any type of flu, it is just good common sense.
Blessings to all
Post Edited By Moderator (stkitt) : 9/23/2009 5:16:50 AM (GMT-6)
Amen, my friend. Good to see you.
Good Morning debaser,
I will answer your questions this afternoon as I am getting ready to go to work............
I read a long time ago, back in August, that the recommendations for vaccination for seasonal flu should be done as soon as the clinics had the vaccine. I had my seasonal flu shot at the end of August.
The latest I have heard is the H1N1 vaccine will not be available until October.
Here is a link you may find helpful:
I am working as a school nurse now and yesterday we sent 16 students home however only 10 of those had flu like sx. There are 1200 students in the school I was working at.
I promise to get back to you later today.
Take care and great post.
Good Morning debaser and All,
I am going to post a link to the CDC re information on H1N1 flu.
I am sorry you are feeling anxious re the Flu situation however the clinics here are not testing for H1N1 as the rapid test is not necessarily accurate and patients are being treated according to sx. Therefore it is truly difficult to have accurate numbers on who has H1N1 versus seasonal flu.
Closing the schools for the school year is not practical and is not going to stop the spread of flu as there are many other places that children and young adults congregate. We are well under the 5% of students absent with flu sx.
The population of Dallas County according to the 2008 census is 2,412,827. 99 people hospitalized with confirmed H1N1 is minuscule.
I hope this helps in some small way alleviate some of your concerns re the H1N1.
As for me, I had my seasonal flu shot back in August and have been working with the students.............. so far no flu here. Maybe I am just lucky.
Take care and hugs
Good Evening Everyone,
Let's put the H1N1 back in the low anxiety category again. I would like to take this thread back to what we hoped to accomplish here and that was to decrease anxiety re the flu and not let all the news media hype cause our anxiety to sky rocket.
Novel H1N1 infection has been reported to cause a wide range of flu-like symptoms, including fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. In addition, many people also have reported nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea.
When the novel H1N1 outbreak was first detected in mid-April 2009, CDC began working with states to collect, compile and analyze information regarding the novel H1N1 flu outbreak, including the numbers of confirmed and probable cases and the ages of these people. The information analyzed by CDC supports the conclusion that novel H1N1 flu has caused greater disease burden on people younger than 25 years of age than older people.
It’s thought that novel influenza A (H1N1 Flu) spreads in the same way that regular seasonal influenza viruses spread, mainly through the coughs and sneezes of people who are sick with the virus, but it may also be spread by touching infected objects and then touching your nose or mouth.
What can we do to prevent the spread of H1N1 Flu at home ?
Wash your hands regularly with soap and warm for 20 seconds or clean with alcohol-based hand cleaner if soap and water are not available. Use a paper towel to turn off the faucet and to open the bathroom door. Wash after eating and after using the bathroom, just like your mom always told you.
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands. Put your used tissue in the waste basket.
Consider getting the flu vaccine. The vaccine is very important for people at high risk.
Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
Carry hand sanitizer as a backup for when you can’t get to the sink.
Wipe down public items that everyone uses, including light switches, doorknobs, toilet handles, and toys. Alcohol-based disposable wipes are ideal for this use.
Pay attention to your overall health. Make sure you are getting enough sleep, maintaining a healthy diet and managing stress. By taking care of yourself, your body will be better able to fend off flu viruses.