I believe that it has been reported here that the tamiflu vaccine does not help this virus. None of us will know if it's blown out of proportion or not until it hits. I know that over the years we have spent time worrying about things like the Hong Kong flu and others and never ever were they referred to as "pandemics". I guess we'll just have to wait and sTee. So far all is well with my family and the kids went back to school today. It is a week this Thursday since my son was exposed and he does not appear to be feeling any effects at this point. Thanks for your good wishes.
Tamiflu might help a little, but it is no cure.
The best thing is preventive medicine. This year were supposed to have 2 shots, one for regular flu and one for the swine. Once you get the flu, either one, it will just run its course. They started giving out the regular flu shots last week down here.
Tonight I had to go to the "after hours" clinic to get a sliver out of my finger. I've never done that before but - this was under my nail and so long you could see it through the nail. 4 people had taken a stab at removing it but no one was successful and doing the work I do, I thought at this contagious time of the year - maybe I should get it out.
I walked into the clinic, sat down and then looked around. I was quite shocked at how many people were in the room wearing masks. I move a little to keep my "6" feet away. Three hours later when I got in to see the doctor I asked him if people were just coming in with any kind of flu or did they actually have H1N1. He told me that they have H1N1 and that the whole city is full of it. Seems to me that if they are coming out with a vaccine, they are more than a little late. Not one of the people I saw actually looked sick in any way.
I am rather shocked that the Dr. would tell you that those folks had H1N1. That is strictly against confidentiality rules!
What if you had been there and squirming in your seat, would he have told another patient you did indeed have a weak bladder or hemorrhoids? I would not go back to this clinic.
Yes, H1N1 is prevalent. Yes we must take precautions...but face it, people are scared and to blatently point out that these folks had H1N1 scares me even more. People are in a panic state already.
I am unsure what his motive was, but it was wrong. What if you knew one of these people personally? Then, if you were a gossip and told two people you knew that Joe Blow has H1N1...could turn Joe into a leper. People are acting strangely toward those who sniffle or sneeze in public let alone to have it said someone indeed has H1N1.
Just a thought, coming from an RN.
....did they get the sliver out?
Before you go crazy and shoot up with this Tamiflu vaccine, consider this.
Tamiflu in Rivers Could Breed Drug-Resistant Flu Strains | Wired Science | Wired.com (external - login to view)
I think I'll take my chances with my immune system, which has been flu and cold resistant for nearly 20 years.