Friday, August 28, 2009

H1N1 Virus


Flu season is upon us and sounds scary. It's making me a bit concerned about that cruise in October. That's a lot of people in one place, and we're going to Mexico. The flu shots aren't available yet, are they?

6 comments:

iDELLA*BELLE! said...

OOOH HONEY THERE IS A BLOG WITH SOME GREAT PREVENTION INFO. IM JUST SO GLAD SOMEONE ELSE SHARES MY FEAR THIS YEAR. SWINE FLU IS NOT JOKE.REG FLU SEASON IS BAD ENOUGH!!!

Beth said...

The regular flu shot should be available soon; the swine flu shot is supposed to have limited availability starting in October. Check cdc.gov for the guidelines of who should get each shot. I wouldn't panic yet...the possibility exists that swine flu could be nasty, but that's not a guarantee. Hugs, Beth

Pseudonymph said...

Joy, our winter has demonstrated the complete non-starter that swine flu is. Bearing in mind I work in a pharmacy and come into contact with it regularly, it would appear to be mild and no worse than a seasonal flu. Those who have required hospital treatment are those with underlying conditions such as cystic fibrosis, uncontrolled diabetes, uncontrolled asthma etc.
Taking an alcohol based hand cleanser is the best action, and use it often. And common sense, but I know you have that in spades.
This is the worst media beat-up since bird flu was going to kill us all a few years back.

Joy said...

Thanks for talking me down. I'd better be sure I keep my diabetes in control. I do know how the media can blow things out of proportion. Thanks again.

Ms. Moon said...

The swine flu almost destroyed the Mexican tourist industry and FOR NO REASON! There was not one validated case of the swine flu on all of the Yucatan Peninsula, and yet- cruise ships did not dock in Cozumel for months.
Do not be part of the fear. You have more chance of getting H1N1 at your local grocery than you do in Mexico. Besides- if you were born before 1967, the odds of you getting it are low.

Joy said...

Ms. Moon, I am more concerned about getting it around here or on the cruise ship than in Mexico. I thought about that after I posted that and almost went back and deleted that part. It's a roll of the dice about getting any kind of flu.