Wednesday, April 29, 2009

What To Do If You think You Have Symptoms of Swine Flu ?Let's talk about this.....and make sure Everyone is taken Care of...

First Symptoms::::
Fevers, Chills, Sore throat, and Dizziness, Cough and Headaches,some shortness of breath, and some people have had GI Symptoms Nausea, Vomiting and Diarrhea.If you have any of these symptoms follow the list below, but also avoid crowds and gatherings, especially ones with children, babies and pregnant women, elderly and Immune Compromised.Dr.Weil has more on this as well.

(1) Call Your Doctor's Office and ask What They are recommending and encouraging ?Are they sending people to ER or Health Dept ? Are they seeing Flu Patients Separately ? HOW is Testing to be done, are they shipping Tests to CDC in Georgia ? What are they recommending for treatment and Quarantine ? IF you do Not have Health Insurance, call the County Health Dept, and the State Health Dept. and ask Where you are to go. Federal Funds are supposed to cover Care and Testing of Residents in every state. No One should be told that they have to pay for the Tests or shipments of the Tests, or Tamiflu.It was declared an National Emergency 5 days ago.

(2) Call your Local Health Dept, County and ask What they are recommending,and also check their Website, and do See the NEW CDC /DHHS Button on my Side bar is full of very good information.

(3) Also ask HOW they are treating , and do they have tamiflu or Relenza Available for treatment.

(4) Once you think you have had, you can not and should not be Vaccinated.
(5) Once you have Symptoms, do wear Mask around other people and out in public you must wear, it is Droplet Spread as a Respiratory Virus. I the Nurse, DO recommend the Mask. Cover Mouth when you cough ALWAYS. And Wipe ALL surfaces and carry Antiseptic Wipes with you. Carry Antiseptic Gel with you. Wipe ALL Contact Surfaces with Antiseptic Wipes, this includes phones, doorknobs,keyboards and ATM"s etc. Do drink fluids and rest.

(6) Some People on MSM are saying it is "Just a Flu", that is Not exactly true,Regular Flu does not Normally kill people under 50,healthy people and children.We also do NOT know enough about the Mexico Victims- how many were young and Children.
That is WHY this is So Critical to know what to do.

I took off this week to Volunteer at a Free Health Fair here in Ohio, and it has now been Cancelled due to with This Flu. So I am committed to getting ALL of us Help , email me if you need to....I am ready to help, or make Calls, and I have researched this very well. I think as of now I am one of the only RN's Blogging the Swine Flu.....( hundreds of articles down below...and Daily Updates will continue, because Education and Information is our best way to be prepared and take care of each other).
CDC Swine Site linked in to the Title
Good video explaining about Transmission and Incidence rates:::

Dr.Martin Blaser on CNN explaining What to do to Protect to Yourself, especially about Mask Protection::::

Mask Guidelines DHHS Updated on 4.27.09, I do reccomend trying to acquire or have ready, esp if you are in one of the effected States.
Wash Your Hands **** Wash Your Hands **** Wash Your Hands.........


enigma4ever said...

Now Nine States as of 1 AM....NJ and Indiana have been added....

enigma4ever said...

Mexico :::
159 dead
2498 still being treated , unclear how many in hospital.

enigma4ever said...

More from DocBlog:::
Swine Flu Update at 11PM...some differences...

Confirmed Cases
Canada: 13 cases
Mexico: 26 deaths
US: 68 cases
UK: 2 cases
Spain: 2 cases
Israel: 2 cases
New Zealand: 11 cases
Suspected cases
Mexico: 1,995 cases (152 deaths)
France: 1 case
UK: 14 cases
Australia: 7 cases
New Zealand: 43 cases
Spain: 7 Cases

enigma4ever said...

More from C&L about the Pig Farm theory of contamination and source ::::

Reporting from Mexico City -- With the death toll climbing, Mexican authorities at the center of an international swine flu epidemic struggled Monday to piece together its lethal march, with attention focusing on a 4-year-old boy and a pig farm.

The boy, who survived the illness, has emerged as Mexico's earliest known case of the never-before-seen virus, Health Secretary Jose Angel Cordova said Monday. It provides an important clue to the unique strain's path.

The boy lived near a pig farm run by a U.S.-Mexican company, Granjas Carroll, in the municipality of Perote, in Veracruz state on the Gulf of Mexico. He contracted the disease on April 2, Cordova said, one of a group of residents who came down with what was at the time labeled a particularly bad case of the flu.

Only one sample from the group, that belonging to the boy, was preserved. It was retested after other cases of the new strain were confirmed elsewhere in the country, Cordova said. The boy had the same disease. It is unknown how many more of the hundreds of people who fell sick in Perote also were infected by the strain.

In an ominous disclosure, officials said the first confirmed fatality of the disease, a 39-year-old woman from an impoverished state neighboring Veracruz, worked as a door-to-door census-taker and may have had contact with scores of people.

In Perote, residents of the hamlet known as La Gloria have complained since mid-March that contamination from the pig farm was tainting their water and causing respiratory infections. In one demonstration in early April, they carried signs with pictures of pigs crossed out with an X and the word "peligro" -- danger. Residents told reporters at the time that more than half the town's 3,000 inhabitants were sick and that three children under the age of 2 had died.

Local health officials mobilized when the outbreak was first reported, but they gave a different account: The infection may have started with a migrant farmer who returned from work in the U.S. and gave the disease to his wife, who in turn passed it on to other women in the community.

Granjas Carroll, which claims to be Mexico's leading pig farm at a million head a year, issued a statement Monday saying none of its employees had shown any signs of illness and noting that the sick are people who had no contact with its pigs. It is but one of numerous farms in the region.

The United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization announced Monday that it was sending a team of experts to inspect pig farms in Mexico. The agency's chief veterinary officer, Joseph Domenech, said the teams would attempt to determine whether the new strain was circulating among pigs and then trace linkage to human populations.

Christopher said...

The first confirmed American death from swine flu has been report in a 22 month old infant in Texas.

Breaking through the silliness and the agenda of the U.S. corporate media (they don't want to fuel panic and cause people to stay home from work and not spend money) is becoming more and more challenging.

Schools are being closed from Yakima, WA to Pittsburg, CA to New Hope, TN as suspected swine flu clusters are appearing. Students are falling ill with symptoms that should not be seen this late in the regular flu season.

There are three confirmed swine flu cases here in Monroe County, NY and two suspected cases in neighboring Ontario County. The ages of the victims vary widely and don't follow a pattern.

What is alarming to me is none of this is being covered by the national, corporate media. It's as if they got the memo: DON'T FRIGHTEN THE PEOPLE. The reality is, knowledge is power and knowledge may mean you can make choices and not get sick.

This virus is not "just flu" as people like CNN's ridiculous Jack Cafferty keeps saying. The H1N1 virus kills the host by over-stimulating the immune system -- a term I'm sure you're familiar with as an RN. It is used when the immune system over reacts is called a Cytokine Storm and it is usually fatal. During this “Storm” over 150 inflammatory mediators are released. This would account for the high mortality rate in 1918-19.

I am hearing very alarming concerns from Jim's doctor and PA colleagues at the hospital. For on thing, they don't have enough of the anti-viral drug, Tamiflu, to treat a wide-scale outbreak. For a county of 1 million resident, there are only 10,000 regiments stockpiled here. Not good.

Human said...

Thanks for keeping on top of this E.

enigma4ever said...

Thanks Christopher....

I live in a neighborhood full of Scientists, microbiologists...and residents and young doctors and nurses....we all have been talking about this when I walk the dog....and as you can see below- I have been researching this for days...trying to get the facts....and share them...

Sadly yes, the MSM does not know how to educate or even investigate.

But yes, you are right this is about a NEW Strain that Storms the Immune System.....For some reason it is attacking Something in younger people, and I think when we ever get the TRUE stats of the People in Mexico we will be shocked at the ages and health of those that succombed....or were infected.

As a nurse, I have blogged and worked and studed and covered many disasters, the main this is to educate and educate early, THAT prevents panic. In Asia and Europe they are already encouraging masks and staying in. I also as a nurse have never seen WHO move so fast...

But the main thing is to continue to help educate and ask people to be careful...

My main worry is that we have Millions without Insurance and Care and millions more Uninsured and I want to try to make sure they get cared for....they are vulnerable...

thanks Christopher for reporting on it and working to educate people....

enigma4ever said... are more than Welcome.

Fran said...

CDC web site just updated

91 US cases, I confirmed death (another pending confirmation in CA).

The CDC does not update theie home page as much as a sub page- you have to scroll down & click on Swine Flu link on the right to get the current updates.


And an open letter from W.H.O.

I posted this on my as well.

Swine influenza
Ladies and gentlemen,

Based on assessment of all available information, and following several expert consultations, I have decided to raise the current level of influenza pandemic alert from phase 4 to phase 5.

Influenza pandemics must be taken seriously precisely because of their capacity to spread rapidly to every country in the world.

Related links

Watch the video [wmv, 7min 13 sec]

Listen to the audio [mp3 57 Mb]

Swine influenza - full coverage

Current WHO phase of pandemic alert

International Health Regulations (IHR)

On the positive side, the world is better prepared for an influenza pandemic than at any time in history.

Preparedness measures undertaken because of the threat from H5N1 avian influenza were an investment, and we are now benefitting from this investment.

For the first time in history, we can track the evolution of a pandemic in real-time.

I thank countries who are making the results of their investigations publicly available. This helps us understand the disease.

I am impressed by the work being done by affected countries as they deal with the current outbreaks.

I also want to thank the governments of the USA and Canada for their support to WHO, and to Mexico.

Let me remind you. New diseases are, by definition, poorly understood. Influenza viruses are notorious for their rapid mutation and unpredictable behaviour.

WHO and health authorities in affected countries will not have all the answers immediately, but we will get them.

WHO will be tracking the pandemic at the epidemiological, clinical, and virological levels.

The results of these ongoing assessments will be issued as public health advice, and made publicly available.

All countries should immediately activate their pandemic preparedness plans. Countries should remain on high alert for unusual outbreaks of influenza-like illness and severe pneumonia.

At this stage, effective and essential measures include heightened surveillance, early detection and treatment of cases, and infection control in all health facilities.

This change to a higher phase of alert is a signal to governments, to ministries of health and other ministries, to the pharmaceutical industry and the business community that certain actions should now be undertaken with increased urgency, and at an accelerated pace.

I have reached out to donor countries, to UNITAID, to the GAVI Alliance, the World Bank and others to mobilize resources.

I have reached out to companies manufacturing antiviral drugs to assess capacity and all options for ramping up production.

I have also reached out to influenza vaccine manufacturers that can contribute to the production of a pandemic vaccine.

The biggest question, right now, is this: how severe will the pandemic be, especially now at the start?

It is possible that the full clinical spectrum of this disease goes from mild illness to severe disease. We need to continue to monitor the evolution of the situation to get the specific information and data we need to answer this question.

From past experience, we also know that influenza may cause mild disease in affluent countries, but more severe disease, with higher mortality, in developing countries.

No matter what the situation is, the international community should treat this as a window of opportunity to ramp up preparedness and response.

Above all, this is an opportunity for global solidarity as we look for responses and solutions that benefit all countries, all of humanity. After all, it really is all of humanity that is under threat during a pandemic.

As I have said, we do not have all the answers right now, but we will get them.

Thank you.

Since I've been down with this for 5 days, and feeling only about 10% better even with the medication, etc., I'm wondering if one can build an immunity if they have it or if we can get it more than one time.

It's going to be a looooooooooooooooooooong year I think - for many of us.