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4/29/09 at 5:04pm
My husband and I both work at the hospital and today we were all told to stop refering to it as "swine flu" that it was politically incorrect not scientifically incorrect but politically incorrect I almost died laughing! I mean how many pigs had to call in and complain in order for them to write up a policy like that!
Most of our patients want to know two things:
1. "How do I know if I or my child has it?"
The truth is we don't know either. If you have flu syptoms we send a sample to the state and they test to see if you have it. Some doctors will prescribe Tamiflu or Relenza which are antiviral drugs but some don't as many of the confirmed H1N1 patients have recovered without it. If you come in to see me with flu symptoms the first thing I want to know is if you have been to a high-risk area (in this case Mexico). If you haven't then chances are you probably don't have it.
2. "How do I keep from getting it?" or if you have the flu "How do I keep from giving it to someone else?"
A) Wash your hands with warm soap and water...if you're not sure how long to wash your hand for do what I tell my kids "sing you ABC's" by the time you get to Z you've pretty much killed everything. You can also use an alchol-based hand sanitizer like Germ-X if you can't get to a sink.
B)Avoid sick people
C)Cough and sneeze into your elbow or sleeve.
Try not to worry and use normal "flu season" precautions.