oh geez. it's all anyone's talking about. Who's doing what when because of the swine flu.
Ok folks. Here's my 3 cents worth. (since I'm an RN I'm upping it from the usual 2 cents!)
Everyone needs to take a collective deep breath and chill a bit.
To help with this I am including excerpts from the flyer circulated by the group of hospitals I work for in Dallas regarding the swine flu.
The swine flu is receiving prime placement in local newspaper headlines and in both local and national radio, television and online news stories.
It is important to understand that the swine flu is not yet a severe pandemic. There are only a few isolated cases that have been reported.
If you think you might have symptoms that are similar to those indicating swine flu, make an appointment with your primary care physician or call his/her office. If you do not have a primary care physician, visit your urgent care clinic. Only visit the hospital’s Emergency Department if you have a true medical emergency.
Remember: it is important to practice good hand hygiene and cough manners. Washing your hands on a regular basis and coughing and sneezing into a tissue or your sleeve instead of your hands will help eliminate the spread of infectious germs.
and there's this from my hospital's Employee Heath Nurse:
If you have not received the flu vaccine this fall, this is a needed time to receive. The flu vaccine will not prevent you from getting the Swine Flu but will help with having severe symptoms and prevent it from mutating into another strand. Please get the flu vaccine if you have not already.
So, wash your hands, cover your cough/sneeze, don't kiss strangers, and get the flu shot every fall!! Also, folks, remember that this flu is NOT resisitant to any medication. So if you do feel sick go to the doctor and take your medicine as prescribed. (I won't go into a rant...but the #1 reason that any illness has become resistant to medicine is because a bunch of folk quit taking it as soon as they feel better...or don't take it as often as they're supposed to. FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS!)
There, feel better??