Category Archives H1N1 (Swine) Flu

The esteemed British medical journal, the Lancet, reported this week that the incidence of tuberculosis in London had risen 50% in the last decade. Unlike neighboring countries, and the rest of the Western world, where tuberculosis has been on the decline for dozens of years, London saw a jump from 2,309 cases in 1999 to 3,450 in 2009. Most tuberculosis…

The pronouncement last week by WHO Director General Margaret Chan that the H1N1 pandemic is officially over apparently ignores the latest reports from India. Health officials in the world’s second most populous nation say that the number of new H1N1 cases for the week of August 2-8 reached a new peak for the current season with 942 cases resulting in…

A recent article in the Washington Post detailing criticism of the World Health Organization’s handling of the H1N1 (swine) flu pandemic, suggests that “much ado was made about nothing” and that the WHO was unduly influenced by drug manufacturers who stood to gain from widespread panic over the spread of the novel H1N1 virus. Yet in a separate, sparsely circulated…

Prompted by allegations that the swine flu pandemic was oversold to promote vaccine sales, researchers at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda MD have released their assessment of the mortality associated with the H1N1 virus in the U.S during the past flu season. In their own words: “We conclude that the 2009 A/H1N1 pandemic virus had a substantial health…

Recent articles, like the one that ran last Friday in USA Today, explore trip cancellation insurance benefits in relation to the H1N1 flu and along the way create the potential for some misunderstandings. To sort out the subtleties, HTB takes a look at a typical product -- TripProtector from HTH Worldwide. The pandemic exclusion clause contained in the TripProtector plan applies strictly…

Here on the Healthy Travel Blog, we've been talking about H1N1 readiness and flu prevention when traveling overseas.  And for good reason.  The "swine flu" is the first pandemic in 41 years and all Americans should be educated about H1N1 both domestically and when traveling out of the country. A recent poll administered by HTH Worldwide indicates that more than…

Q: What do you get when you run a contest on YouTube to create a new public service announcement (PSA) to help get the message out on how to prevent the spread of H1N1? A: Ten finalists, all worth watching. Eight are 30 seconds.  Two are a full minute.  Total investment of six (6) minutes which should yield, to quote…

The World Health Organization (WHO) has published an H1N1 flu alert that summarizes activity around the globe: In the southern hemisphere where flu season is waning, Chile, Argentina, New Zealand, and Australia appear to have passed their peak influenza activity and are returning to baseline levels. South Africa and Bolivia continue to experience high levels of influenza activity. In the…

Though U.S. officials hope to have enough of the H1N1 vaccine to distribute it to 120 million people, the Advisory Council on Immunization practices has recommended prioritizing vaccinations based on the scenario of having only 42 million doses available by October. At the top of this priority list are the following groups: pregnant women, children and healthcare workers.  Surprisingly, last in…

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