Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Even Glamour magazine is focusing on H1N1...

"Are You Starting to Worry About Swine Flu? (There's H1N1 Hysteria Going on in England)"

That's the headline for an article and poll on Glamour magazine's blog at http://www.glamour.com/health-fitness/blogs/vitamin-g/2009/07/poll-are-you-starting-to-worry.html. Take the poll yourself.

(Do review the comments, too. That's the best part of reading on the web.)

For those who don't know, Glamour is a women's magazine, with a median age of 33. They claim a circulation of 2.29 million but a total audience of 12.2 million. Pretty big rag. And interesting that they are interested in flu in addition to fashion.

We are seeing H1N1 slowly creep back into the headlines, with summer camps and the Air Force Academy reporting outbreaks.

My daughter starts school in exactly three weeks. All those little (and not-so-little) germ carriers together could be a mighty force.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

What's ahead for flu? Don't let anyone tell you they know!

Every public health agency and hospital in the U.S. is planning for many unknowns this fall.

Influenza experts are watching the spread of H1N1 (the novel influenza A that emerged in April of this year) in the Southern Hemisphere very closely. At this point, they still don't know how the virus will behave here come October or November.

So far, the virus has been stable and two antiviral medications have been pretty effective in reducing the severity of illness for most people, if they take them soon enough.

But one thing is certain: flu viruses are notorious for being unpredictable.

Our job now -- for all of us, not just public health and hospitals -- is to be prepared for anything.

What are you doing now to be ready for the possibility of a highly contagious flu virus this fall?

Please use the "comments" to let us know now!