Swine Flu Update – Week Ending Sept. 25
On the Vaccine Front
Kathleen Sebelius and the CDC expect between 6 and 7 million doses of the H1N1 vaccine during the first week of October. Looks like those will be the spray version, with injections to follow by the middle of the month. Protection is supposed to start kicking in within eight days.
Regarding the seasonal flu vaccine, I hesitate to post this link since it contains so many variables and your family’s probably already gotten shots, anyway, but the story’s worth keeping an eye on for the future.
On the Prevention Front
Does frequent hand washing help stop the spread of flu? Maybe not.
On the Treatment Front
CBS reports shortages in the kid’s liquid form of Tamiflu. Apparently, children can take Tamiflu pills, although that form is a little less straightforward.
On the Personal Front
I’m headed to the doctor this afternoon, but not for me, since I’m recovering even if fighting this seasonal flu or H1N1 or flulike virus all week has taken its toll on my energy and my sinus passages.
No, this appointment is for AG, whom I’ve apparently infected. She’s doing okay, other than using her fast-acting inhaler round the clock and feeling like a truck ran over her, but I’d like to get her on Tamiflu for obvious reasons.
Can you appreciate this irony?
After all that writing about flu prevention and kids, I’m pretty sure my kid is the first one to come down with this at her very small school.
As of this morning in the drop-off lane, the Steadfast Sidekick is still going strong and symptom-free.