Category Archives H1N1 (Swine) Flu

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…

In conjunction with the White House, Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services, Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Homeland Security and Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education, are holding an H1N1 Influenza Preparedness Summit today.  The meeting will focus on plans to monitor the spread of 2009-H1N1 and to initiate plans for a vaccination program (assuming a safe vaccine is produced). To view today's live…

With the benefit of a few weeks of perspective on the H1N1 outbreak, it's possible to conclude that the some of the initial response qualifies as overreaction. Let's start with the World Health Organization's declaration of a pandemic. Observers such as Michael Fumento have argued that the WHO adopted a "pandemic" definition that is skewed toward human transmission of animal…

The World Health Organization has declared the H1N1 outbreak a pandemic but has characterized it as "moderate in severity" and has not recommended any international travel restrictions.  At a press conference this morning, WHO officials noted that the most severe cases are in adults aged 30 to 50 and said their greatest concern is "we don't know how this virus…

Japan is taking the threat of H1N1 very seriously, as evidenced by the new process arriving international flights must undergo.  I experienced this first hand when I went to Japan a few weeks ago to attend my niece's wedding.   As I prepared myself for the flight from the U.S. to Japan, H1N1 was not something that I was thinking about. …

The H1N1 virus is no longer front page news, and the World Health Organization (WHO) has not classified the current outbreak as a pandemic despite 40 countries collectively reporting over 10,000 cases, including 79 deaths. Most epidemiologists agree that widespread transmission of H1N1 is inevitable, and that a more virulent strain may emerge in the fall. This sobering prediction and…

As the evidence mounts that the H1N1 virus is beginning to stall out at as a "near pandemic" (currently WHO Level 5), what have we learned so far? First, although intense media coverage has sparked the sales of face masks and engendered a great deal of anxiety, CDC and WHO officials and the federal government have managed the outbreak with…

The CDC has recommended Tamiflu® and Relenza® for treatment of the swine influenza virus . As is often the case in any type of outbreak, there are numerous conflicting reports arising concerning the availability of the necessary medications. One of our physician advisors, who is based at a Mexico City hospital, has provided us with the latest information on the treatment…

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