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H1N1 Flu Virus Update

Posted Oct 02 2009 3:07pm





H1N1 Update
Sources: msss.gouv.qc.ca, cdc.gov.

For H1N1Flu Virus public information, call Services Québec at:
Montréal area: 514-644-4545
Québec City area: 418-644-4545
Elsewhere in Québec: 1-877-644-4545 (toll free)
Every day: 8:30am to 4:30pm

orInfo-Santé( 8-1-1 ) 24 hours a day 7 days a week

The Santé et Services sociaux Québec has posted an H1N1 situation update on the following link:
http://www.pandemiequebec.gouv.qc.ca/en/news/etat_situation.shtml?canada#article

For news Releases of the Québec Government on H1N1:
http://www.pandemiequebec.gouv.qc.ca/en/info/communique_presse.shtml

The latest news release was on July 22, 2009:
http://www.pandemiequebec.gouv.qc.ca/pdf/Grippe-H1N1-comm-22072009_final2.pdf

The CDC has provided guidance for the public onwhat to do if they become sick with flu-like symptoms, including infection with novel H1N1. CDC also has issued instructions ontaking care of a sick person at home and the use of facemasks and respirators to reduce novel influenza A (H1n1) transmission.

Everyone should take everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs, including frequent hand washing and people who are sick should stay home and avoid contact with others in order to limit further spread of the disease.

Tips to help prevent the spread of H1N1
Individuals have an important role in protecting themselves and their families.
Everyone should take these everyday steps to protect your health and lessen the spread of this new virus:

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • If you are sick with a flu-like illness, stay home for 7 days after your symptoms begin or until you have been symptom-free for 24 hours, whichever is longer. This is to keep from infecting others and spreading the virus further.
Follow public health advice regarding school closures, avoiding crowds and other social distancing measures.
What Pregnant Women Should Know About H1N1
Click on the lick below to get information from the CDC on how to protect yourself, your baby and your family.
http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/guidance/pregnant.htm
The groups recommended to receive the novel H1N1 influenza vaccine include:
  • Pregnant women because they are at higher risk of complications and can potentially provide protection to infants who cannot be vaccinated;
  • Household contacts and caregivers for children younger than 6 months of age because younger infants are at higher risk of influenza-related complications and cannot be vaccinated.
  • Vaccination of those in close contact with infants less than 6 months old might help protect infants by “cocooning” them from the virus;
  • Healthcare and emergency medical services personnel because infections among healthcare workers have been reported and this can be a potential source of infection for vulnerable patients.
Also, increased absenteeism in this population could reduce healthcare system capacity;
All people from 6 months through 24 years of age
Children from 6 months through 18 years of age because we have seen many cases of novel H1N1 influenza in children and they are in close contact with each other in school and day care settings, which increases the likelihood of disease spread, and
Young adults 19 through 24 years of age because we have seen many cases of novel H1N1 influenza in these healthy young adults and they often live, work, and study in close proximity, and they are a frequently mobile population; and,
Persons aged 25 through 64 years who have health conditions associated with higher risk of medical complications from influenza.

For the CDC Newsroom Press Release: http://www.cdc.gov/media/pressrel/2009/r090729b.htm
I will be posting updates on H1N1 as they become available. Please feel free to post any questions, our call our clinic at: 514-626-5888 to get more information.

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