Rhiza Labs FluTracker Forum

The place to discuss the flu
It is currently Mon Nov 24, 2014 7:56 am

All times are UTC - 5 hours [ DST ]




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 143 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1 ... 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15  Next
Author Message
PostPosted: Mon Jan 03, 2011 5:15 pm 
Online

Joined: Wed Aug 19, 2009 10:42 am
Posts: 48019
Location: Pittsburgh, PA USA
BeWell wrote:
Sorry to bug you again but does the "buffering" mean "protect" or just "slow down"?

thanks!

It protects while it is around, but as the H3N2 level declines, so does the protection.

_________________
www.twitter.com/hniman


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Mon Jan 03, 2011 5:22 pm 
Offline

Joined: Fri Dec 04, 2009 1:17 pm
Posts: 133
Location: SW OR
Thanks again. And some other questions or parts thereof were answered in your latest commentary about Sweden.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Mon Jan 03, 2011 7:12 pm 
Online

Joined: Wed Aug 19, 2009 10:42 am
Posts: 48019
Location: Pittsburgh, PA USA
The UK situation will be discussed on Talk Radio Europe tomorrow morning at 6:30AM EST and on Thursday morning at 6:15 AM (or 6:30 AM) EST

http://www.talkradioeurope.com/index.ph ... &Itemid=61

As the Christmas holidays end, doctors in the u.k. warn of a children's Swine Flu epidemic. Professor John Oxford is the U.K.'s leading virologist and discusses the problem with us.

_________________
www.twitter.com/hniman


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Mon Jan 03, 2011 11:36 pm 
Online

Joined: Wed Aug 19, 2009 10:42 am
Posts: 48019
Location: Pittsburgh, PA USA
Millions of children could be left at the mercy of swine flu because pharmacies are refusing to vaccinate under-18s.
With doctors warning that the reopening of schools this week could trigger a ‘children’s epidemic’ of the virus, ­parents have been trying to buy the jab privately for their children.
Since October flu has killed 39, including 11 under-15s

But while High Street pharmacies will administer the jab to adults – charging between £7.50 and £12 – company policies dictate that they cannot do so to children, even when parents are present.
However, the Department of Health insists there is nothing to stop pharmacies giving the vaccine to children.
The development adds to the confusion surrounding the swine flu outbreak, which is predicted to ‘explode’ as at least nine ­million pupils return to their desks after the Christmas holidays.
There is already a shortage of vaccine at some surgeries and changes in vaccination policy mean that many Britons aren’t sure whether they still qualify for protection on the NHS.
For instance, healthy under-fives were able to receive free jabs last winter but are not entitled this year.
As a result, many parents are ­trying to obtain them privately – only to be turned away.
Boots refuses to vaccinate under-16s, while Sainsbury’s and Tesco set the bar even higher, at 18.
Those caught out by the rule include Sue Franklin, 36, a mother of three who tried to buy the vaccine for her eldest children, Olivia, 12, and Amy, 15. Her six-year-old daughter Daisy has asthma and so qualified for a jab on the NHS.
Mrs Franklin, of Malmesbury, in Wiltshire, said: ‘Everywhere I tried they said they would give me a jab, but not the girls.
‘I’m not expecting a jab for free, because they are rightly rationed on the NHS to those who need it most. But why is it that anyone can walk in off the street or in a supermarket and pay a few quid and get a jab, but if they are a child they can’t?’
Image
Unfair treatment: Sue Franklin with daughters Daisy, six, and Olivia, 12
‘No one could tell me why ­children aren’t allowed. The ­message from the Government is that people should protect themselves, but I’m not allowed to protect my family – it’s a complete mess.
‘All the doctors and the pharmacies I rang said they had had loads of calls like mine. Clearly there’s something wrong somewhere.’
The Department of Health said those paying for a flu jab from a pharmacy were effectively going private, so the Government had no control over the situation.
A spokesman said: ‘There are no restrictions on who pharmacies give vaccinations to in a private capacity. If they decide they don’t want to do it, we cannot force them to do it. The vaccine sold at pharmacies is exactly the same as the one administered by the NHS.
‘It is perfectly safe and given to children under the age of five. There is nothing to stop pharmacies from giving it to healthy children.’
Last night, Boots said: ‘In accordance with our registration with the Care Quality Commission, Boots can only offer patients aged 16 years and above a private flu vaccination.’
As the number of fresh flu cases mounts, there are warnings the NHS is reaching crisis point.
Some 738 Britons are being treated for flu in intensive care and all 21 ExtraCorporeal Membrane Oxygenation heart and lung machines used to treat the most seriously ill patients are in use.
Even at the height of the swine flu pandemic in 2009 only 12 of the ECMO machines were ever in use at the same time.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... z1A29mF7lF

_________________
www.twitter.com/hniman


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Tue Jan 04, 2011 12:20 am 
Online

Joined: Wed Aug 19, 2009 10:42 am
Posts: 48019
Location: Pittsburgh, PA USA
Half of intensive care patients have swine flu - and that figure could rise, warn experts
by Melissa Thompson, Daily Mirror 4/01/2011

ALMOST half of Britain’s 3,000 intensive care beds are occupied by swine flu victims.

That is the warning from experts who last night said the pandemic – the worst in two decades – shows no sign of easing.

If new cases continue to rise as people return to work and school, hospitals may turn operating theatres into intensive care units.

Geoff Martin, chair of medical campaigning group Health ­Emergency, revealed: “In various parts of London, and around the country, more than 50% of intensive care beds are filled with confirmed or suspected swine flu cases. It’s a huge problem.

“We run full-tilt on critical care beds, so if you take half the capacity out of the system with one particular epidemic, the availability of beds becomes severely compromised.

We investigated work at home jobs and what we found will shock… New Kensington: $9 Car Insurance
Your Auto Insurer hates this. Car Insurance For Only $9! “If we get the expected surge this week once people go back to work and school, there is some way to go before we reach the peak.”

We told yesterday how hospitals are running out of intensive care beds for sick children.

Specialists said 28 of the country’s paediatric intensive care units were close to “not coping” with the epidemic. But Dr Bob Winter, chairman of the Intensive Care Society, said: “Nobody who needs intensive care will not get it – it just means they might get it in theatre recovery or operating theatre rather than the intensive care unit.”

Official figures from the Health Protection Agency put the flu death toll at 39. It continues to urge at-risk groups to be vaccinated.

Read more: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/health-new ... z1A2LbRmG9

_________________
www.twitter.com/hniman


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Tue Jan 04, 2011 12:23 am 
Online

Joined: Wed Aug 19, 2009 10:42 am
Posts: 48019
Location: Pittsburgh, PA USA
A surge in flu cases is predicted this week as schools reopen and the UK returns to work after the Christmas and New Year break.


At risk groups include pregnant women, asthma sufferers and young children


Close contact between so many people is expected to push the crisis towards an epidemic.

One of the strains causing real concern amongst doctors is H1N1 - swine flu.

Virologist Professor John Oxford at St Bartholomew’s hospital in London has revealed the precautions he must take with it.

"This virus, H1N1 is pretty special - it gets to the parts other flu viruses don't reach," he told Sky News.

"I treat it with huge caution when I'm handling it in the laboratory, it does move down easily into the respiratory tree cause problems quickly and it is targeting the younger age group."

Since October, 39 people have died from different strains of flu and of those, only one was over 65 and 15 were previously "healthy".


UInfortunately I think there will be extra people in hospital and unfortunately some of them may die

Virologist Professor John Oxford
There have been 738 people requiring intensive care which is four times higher than at the peak of last year's pandemic and Professor Oxford fears more people will die from flu.

"Unfortunately I do expect there to be more fatalities with it," he said.

"We've got the vaccine; we've got the Tamiflu drugs, very powerful drugs, and we've got the knowledge of spread and how to break it with hygiene so no-ne should die.

But the fact is some people don't bother getting the vaccine, some people leave it too late to get Tamiflu and some don't increase their hygiene.

"So unfortunately, I think there will be extra people in hospital and unfortunately some of them may die," he said.

Symptoms include a high fever, chesty cough, sore throat, aches, upset stomach, headache and runny nose.

The most at risk groups are pregnant women, asthma sufferers and young children who are eligible for the flu vaccine jab, which also includes the H1N1 strain.

If you're not in a high risk group and display symptoms of flu, Tamiflu tablets are available from GPs, according to experts.

They can shorten the length of the disease and curtail it from spreading.

Prevention is better than cure and the general advice is to take basic hygiene precautions, such as using tissues for coughs and sneezes, and washing hands regularly.

http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/UK-New ... 1115879109

_________________
www.twitter.com/hniman


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Tue Jan 04, 2011 2:50 am 
Offline

Joined: Sat Dec 12, 2009 8:43 pm
Posts: 470
niman wrote:
Pandora wrote:
I can't imagine why... It's almost impossible for me to grasp how the presence of one virus can preclude another virus from entering the picture. If someone can explain why (in relaxed laymen's terms), please, do tell.

Viruse such as H1N1 are in a constant battle with the host as well as other viruses, including other influenza sub-types. In addition to making antibodies that target a specific sub-type, humans launch additional attacks with cytokines, such as interferon. Interferon got its name because it interfers with viruses in general.

If there is a lot of H1N1 in circulation, the levels of interferons or other cytokines in the population may be high enough to limit an infection or spread of another serotype like H3N2. Multiple infections may be required to get a viral load high enough to overcome the host defenses, so a student in a classroom full of people with H1N1 might get infected multiple times in a short time frame to establish an infection, while spread of a rare serotype, like H3N2 may not have a high enough critical mass to become established in such an environment.


That is exactly what I've been looking for. Thank you, Dr. Niman. It's amazing how a little bit of extra knowledge makes things clearer.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Tue Jan 04, 2011 4:49 am 
Offline

Joined: Mon Feb 08, 2010 7:22 am
Posts: 73
I would suggest it is to early to say the US season will be dominated by H3N2.

Overall you still have a third B influenza with numbers small and large numbers not sub-typed.

In Australia we had a 700% increase in influenza during December compared to 2009.

It seems as though we have the seasons in the North and South it can hit at once.

Epidemics are not uncommon at the same time.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Tue Jan 04, 2011 8:07 am 
Online

Joined: Wed Aug 19, 2009 10:42 am
Posts: 48019
Location: Pittsburgh, PA USA
No special arrangements are necessary for GPs to deal with rising flu consultations, the DoH said, despite the high rate of swine flu among children as many schools reopen.

Cases of swine flu in the 2009/10 pandemic peaked in the weeks after schools reopened following the summer break. In the current flu season, rates of swine flu are now highest among children aged 5-14.

The most recent HPA figures show that calls to NHS Direct about fever in the 5-14 age group are at 16.8%, above the baseline level of 9%.

The DoH said it would not speculate on whether a surge in cases of swine flu was likely among schoolchildren. A spokeswoman said GPs were aware of schools reopening and the department was not recommending that any special arrangements be put in place.

HPA data show GP consultations are above baseline rates in all four UK countries. So far 39 deaths associated with influenza infection have been reported. But the agency said a recent fall in the number of contacts with NHS Direct suggests the peak of the flu season may be approaching.

Last week health secretary Andrew Lansley relaunched the Catch it, Bin it, Kill it awareness campaign after criticism for dropping the scheme for this flu season.

He said: 'To help ease pressures on the NHS I want to remind people what we can all do to prevent the spread of flu. The first line of defence against flu is to be vaccinated – I urge everyone in an at risk group who hasn’t been vaccinated to contact their GP and book an appointment.'

http://www.gponline.com/News/article/10 ... ls-reopen/

_________________
www.twitter.com/hniman


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Tue Jan 04, 2011 8:31 am 
Online

Joined: Wed Aug 19, 2009 10:42 am
Posts: 48019
Location: Pittsburgh, PA USA
A Liverpool region sixth-form student is believed to be the latest victim of the deadly swine flu virus.

Olivia Rae Clee-Barnett, 17, from Wirral, Merseyside died in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Shocked friends set up a Facebook page paying tribute to the teen, nicknamed 'Livvy', who was a student at Wallasey School’s sixth form.

Her family were too devastated to comment.

But headteacher Phil Duffy paid tribute to Olivia, who was a keen music and drama student.

He said: "We are devastated by the news about Olivia, who was a very friendly, popular and positive member of our school.

"Our hearts go out to Olivia’s family and friends at this very difficult time."

More than 1,500 people have joined the tribute page 'R.I.P Olivia Rae Clee-Barnett' in just over 24 hours.

Olivia's grandparents wrote: "All we have left are Memories and pictures.

"We watched you grow from such a small bundle and you blossomed into the most beautiful youg Lady.R.I.P our little Angel. Your Loving, Nan and Grumppy Grandad"

Messages from friends read: "It's been just over a day since you sadly past away from us, and i still cant believe it.. im thinking of all your friends, family and sam.. sleep tight, your with the angels now beautiful!"

Another said: "You where sadly taken from us, you will be missed by everyone, sleep tight angel! i love you Olivia Rae Clee-Barnett!"

It is understood the 17-year-old is the sixth person from Merseyside to lose her fight against the illness.

Arrowe Park hospital, Wirral, which suspended all in-patient visiting after a flu outbreak alert on Wednesday remains closed.


http://www.clickliverpool.com/news/nati ... ictim.html?

_________________
www.twitter.com/hniman


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 143 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1 ... 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15  Next

All times are UTC - 5 hours [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Yahoo [Bot] and 42 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group