Monday, July 20, 2009

Protecting yourself against H1N1 Virus (Swine Flu)

Officials say that the next wave of H1N1 flu could arrive in September and governments worldwide are planning for a pandemic. No one knows for sure if it will continue to cause mostly mild illness or if it will strike with the vengeance of the 1918 Spanish flu, which hit with a mild form in the spring but returned in the fall to infect one-third of the world's population and contributed to the deaths of 50 million people.

Organ transplant recipients, who are immunosuppressed, need to be especially vigilant and use common sense to avoid infection, especially during the flu season.

Following the advice of experts, such as can be found at I plan to avoid large groups of people; wash my hands frequently with soap and water; avoid shaking hands; use a tissue when sneezing or coughing and place it in the trash. Our hands have poison on them and washing is a huge thing. I'll get a flu shot as soon as it's available and I've already had a pneumonia shot to protect against secondary infection.

I hope the epidemic doesn't come but I, for one, intend to protect myself. I hope you will also.

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