In what is described as it’s worst outbreak of the dangerous virus since first reported in 2004, Cambodia health officials are reporting two additional confirmed cases of human H5N1 avian influenza in two children, according to a Xinhua report today.
According to the report, the cases include a two-year-old girl from Kampot province, who died yesterday and a five-year-old girl from Takeo province, who is currently hospitalized in stable condition.
…These two cases are the 19th and 20th confirmed in the Kingdom in 2013, nine have survived.
To date, the country has recorded 41 human cases of the virus, killing 30 people.
CIDRAP: …the disease has hit children especially hard since it was first detected in the country in 2005. Since then, Cambodia has confirmed 41 H5N1 cases and 30 deaths.
The Medical Minute: More Options, More Reasons to get your Flu Shot
There was a time when there were two choices when it came to flu shots: get vaccinated or not.
This year, drug companies are not only offering the vaccine in multiple forms, they are also offering multiple vaccines.
“It’s always been pretty simple — we had one flu shot and that was it,” said registered nurse Paula LaBonte, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center employee flu campaign coordinator. “This year, there are many, many choices.”
Swine Flu Vaccine Linked To Narcolepsy
...More than six million doses of the vaccine were administered in the UK during the pandemic, which led to 10 suspected cases of narcolepsy as a direct result of the jab. That may seem small, but it’s a 13-fold increase in incidence in UK children. The vaccine was administered to more than 31 million people worldwide, and GSK received reports of 335 cases of narcolepsy in people who had received the jab in the first year alone.
...Pandemrix is still licensed for use in the UK, but should only be used if alternative influenza vaccines are not available.
2013 Flu Symptoms Warning and What to Expect
Flu symptoms usually manifest from one day to seven days after a person’s exposure to the virus, and are typically more serious than the signs of a common cold. The affected individual may feel or show the following: 100°F or higher fever that lasts several days, chills, muscle pain, headache, fatigue, sore throat, runny or clogged nose and cough. Many also complain of burning eye pain, while some also experience gastrointestinal issues including vomiting and diarrhea.
Individuals who have several of these symptoms are advised to contact their primary health care provider at once. Staying at home and getting plenty of rest and fluids are usually adequate in treating seasonal flu, but some cases may be accompanied by other more serious issues such as pneumonia and whooping cough or pertussis. The key to ensuring speedy recovery is early and accurate diagnosis by a health professional.
USGOV Preparing Nat'l Disaster Medical System for Possible H7N9 Pandemic
Sept 21, 2013
What You Need to Know
On several occasions in recent months we have reported on the extraordinary efforts being undertaken by federal health and disaster authorities to prepare for some form of pandemic-scale public health event (see this, this and this). The sheer scale of the preparations, the amounts of money being spent and the speed at which these preparations are taking place reveal significant concern on the part of authorities.
About Influenza A(H7N9)
The U.S. government, the World Health Organization and other world health authorities are seriously concerned by the potential for a bird flu (avian influenza) pandemic in the upcoming flu season (Sept. - May). Since the first cases of H7N9 were detected in humans in the Spring of 2013, approximately 33% of those who become infected die. The British Medical Journal reports the virus can be transmitted via human contact. (See this and this). The National Institutes of Health reports the virus is capable of airborne transmission. (See this and this). At present there is still no effective vaccine available.
If you think you or a member of your family is becoming ill in a pandemic situation, it is important that you DO NOT IMMEDIATELY RUSH TO THE HOSPITAL. The simple reality is that you will likely encounter desperate throngs of other sick people doing the exact same things. The chances are also very good that hospitals and other medical facilities will already be overwhelmed.
The Centers for Disease Control and the American Association of Poison Control Centers are already establishing a "National Nurse Triage Line" using the 211 phone number for an Severe Influenza Pandemic. The 211 line will be used in managing ill persons with influenza-like illness during a severe pandemic and to electronically or telephonically transfer authorized prescriptions to local pharmacies. Attempt to call the hospital emergency room and the 211 line BEFORE setting out to find medical attention.
For any clear thinking adult, this reason alone should be motivation to follow the preparedness guidance in this document BEFORE a pandemic scenario is upon us. If the government is currently spending billions of dollars and dedicating other resources to preparing for a possible pandemic, this should be your signal to make some preparations of your own.
The lives of yourself and family could hang in the balance.
Download a copy of this preparedness guidance in virus-free PDF form and share with friends and family.
reply to post by Dianec
Hey Dianec - the advice applies specifically to a pandemic and believe me, you really want to stay away from hospitals and other public places during a pandemic. ...The only time to go would be for life support but I suspect there won't be enough ventilators... It really is better to have a nurse or doctor come to your home.