Swine Flu update #2

April 27, 2009

4/27/2009 — I don’t want to repeat what is easily found on TV and radio news, as well as the newspapers. 
It is not yet known how virulent the virus is yet.  If virulence is low, the rates of hospitalization, complications and death will be low.  Human-to-human transmission is confirmed already.

Anyone who has recently been to Mexico, especially to Mexico City, and who has any fever with flu-like symptoms and/or cough, should probably seek medical attention.

For those of you not on vitamin D supplements, 3000 to 5000 units a day could be very helpful in warding off acute infection with influenza and is a safe dose.  Younger children can take 1000 – 2000 units daily with safety.

The main hygiene intervention is washing of the hands.  It cannot be stressed enough that this is extremely effective, as is the avoidance of contact with infected persons.  If a pandemic does occur, surgical masks will become common everywhere that people congregate.

Please refer to my website for the article on influenza, here.  The rationale for using, and the procedure for obtaining Influenzinum can be found in the article.