The 2009 Pandemic Flu Continues

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.