Uncharacteristically high summer rates of H1N1 may presage a bad winter flu season!
FLU UPDATE: Between April and August 2009 more than one million cases of the pandemic influenza A (H1N1) flu occurred in the US, an uncharacteristically high number. Does this presage a bad winter flu season? No one really knows. Fortunately, the death rates have been lower than expected. Until an H1N1 vaccine arrives, here are the major preventive measures available:
- Vaccination against seasonal strains.
- Self-quarantine until 24 hours after fever abates.
- Following respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene.
- Use of antivirals for persons at high risk for complications.
PositiveTip: Don't underestimate the effectiveness of a healthy lifestyle (good diet, physical activity, adequate rest) in maintaining a strong immune system.