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Commentary on UK's upcoming children's H1N1 epidemic heading for #1 on NewsNow swine flu site

http://www.newsnow.co.uk/h/Hot+Topics/F ... TSPeriod=0

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 01, 2011 7:07 pm 
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niman wrote:
Swine flu surge causes critical shortage in intensive care beds for children

Doctors last night warned of a critical ­shortage of intensive care beds for children – ­because of the surge in swine flu.

Dr Kevin Morris, of the ­Paediatric Intensive Care Society, said: [b]“We are virtually in a situation where there isn’t a single paediatric ­intensive care bed left in the ­country. This is the worst crisis within living memory.”[/b]



Dr Morris added: “We have a situation where a sick child can’t get an intensive care bed in large parts of the country – which means children are having to travel some distance to find a bed.



The system could reach breaking point next week as a boom in cases of both seasonal flu and swine flu in children is expected.

Meanwhile, some surgeries and pharmacies warned yesterday they have run out of the swine flu ­vaccine and Tamiflu medicine.

A Department of Health spokesman said: “There may be local short-term supply problems because it is up to pharmacists to make sure they have ordered sufficient stock.

“Any problems should be shortlived with new stocks of medicines being delivered within 24 hours.”



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Read more: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/top-storie ... z19pJYwFFD


Although, most of the people recover without medical treatment this situation is unsustainable. In past pandemics most of the people who got infected didn't die of the flu, but there were much more severe and fatal cases than in a typical flu season. This might be repeating in 2011.

State of Emergency must be declared, now. This is only going to get worse if they allow to open schools next week.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 01, 2011 7:09 pm 
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CopitoSP wrote:
niman wrote:
Swine flu surge causes critical shortage in intensive care beds for children

Doctors last night warned of a critical ­shortage of intensive care beds for children – ­because of the surge in swine flu.

Dr Kevin Morris, of the ­Paediatric Intensive Care Society, said: [b]“We are virtually in a situation where there isn’t a single paediatric ­intensive care bed left in the ­country. This is the worst crisis within living memory.”[/b]



Dr Morris added: “We have a situation where a sick child can’t get an intensive care bed in large parts of the country – which means children are having to travel some distance to find a bed.



The system could reach breaking point next week as a boom in cases of both seasonal flu and swine flu in children is expected.

Meanwhile, some surgeries and pharmacies warned yesterday they have run out of the swine flu ­vaccine and Tamiflu medicine.

A Department of Health spokesman said: “There may be local short-term supply problems because it is up to pharmacists to make sure they have ordered sufficient stock.

“Any problems should be shortlived with new stocks of medicines being delivered within 24 hours.”



s.boniface@sundaymirror.co.uk




Read more: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/top-storie ... z19pJYwFFD


Although, most of the people recover without medical treatment this situation is unsustainable. In past pandemics most of the people who got infected didn't die of the flu, but there were much more severe and fatal cases than in a typical flu season. This might be repeating in 2011.

State of Emergency must be declared, now. This is only going to get worse if they allow to open schools next week.

Yes, the explosion of cases could easily stop health care delivery in the UK as ICU beds fill up and the H1N1 spreads in major metropolitan areas like London.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 01, 2011 7:33 pm 
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CopitoSP wrote:
niman wrote:
Swine flu surge causes critical shortage in intensive care beds for children

Doctors last night warned of a critical ­shortage of intensive care beds for children – ­because of the surge in swine flu.

Dr Kevin Morris, of the ­Paediatric Intensive Care Society, said: [b]“We are virtually in a situation where there isn’t a single paediatric ­intensive care bed left in the ­country. This is the worst crisis within living memory.”[/b]



Dr Morris added: “We have a situation where a sick child can’t get an intensive care bed in large parts of the country – which means children are having to travel some distance to find a bed.



The system could reach breaking point next week as a boom in cases of both seasonal flu and swine flu in children is expected.

Meanwhile, some surgeries and pharmacies warned yesterday they have run out of the swine flu ­vaccine and Tamiflu medicine.

A Department of Health spokesman said: “There may be local short-term supply problems because it is up to pharmacists to make sure they have ordered sufficient stock.

“Any problems should be shortlived with new stocks of medicines being delivered within 24 hours.”



s.boniface@sundaymirror.co.uk




Read more: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/top-storie ... z19pJYwFFD


Although, most of the people recover without medical treatment this situation is unsustainable. In past pandemics most of the people who got infected didn't die of the flu, but there were much more severe and fatal cases than in a typical flu season. This might be repeating in 2011.

State of Emergency must be declared, now. This is only going to get worse if they allow to open schools next week.




This could be maintained if they released the National stockpiles of Antivirals . Give it to anyone who wants it. Both Relenza and Tamiflu are licenced and registered for Prophylactic purposes not just for treating symptoms. Declaring a state of emergency is just not rational at this stage.

The national stockpile was set up for the situation we now find ourselves in.

Once again I am the lone voice saying this.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 01, 2011 7:39 pm 
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http://www.recombinomics.com/News/01011 ... ivery.html

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 01, 2011 7:47 pm 
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cpg wrote:
CopitoSP wrote:
niman wrote:
Swine flu surge causes critical shortage in intensive care beds for children

Doctors last night warned of a critical ­shortage of intensive care beds for children – ­because of the surge in swine flu.

Dr Kevin Morris, of the ­Paediatric Intensive Care Society, said: [b]“We are virtually in a situation where there isn’t a single paediatric ­intensive care bed left in the ­country. This is the worst crisis within living memory.”[/b]



Dr Morris added: “We have a situation where a sick child can’t get an intensive care bed in large parts of the country – which means children are having to travel some distance to find a bed.



The system could reach breaking point next week as a boom in cases of both seasonal flu and swine flu in children is expected.

Meanwhile, some surgeries and pharmacies warned yesterday they have run out of the swine flu ­vaccine and Tamiflu medicine.

A Department of Health spokesman said: “There may be local short-term supply problems because it is up to pharmacists to make sure they have ordered sufficient stock.

“Any problems should be shortlived with new stocks of medicines being delivered within 24 hours.”



s.boniface@sundaymirror.co.uk




Read more: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/top-storie ... z19pJYwFFD


Although, most of the people recover without medical treatment this situation is unsustainable. In past pandemics most of the people who got infected didn't die of the flu, but there were much more severe and fatal cases than in a typical flu season. This might be repeating in 2011.

State of Emergency must be declared, now. This is only going to get worse if they allow to open schools next week.




This could be maintained if they released the National stockpiles of Antivirals . Give it to anyone who wants it. Both Relenza and Tamiflu are licenced and registered for Prophylactic purposes not just for treating symptoms. Declaring a state of emergency is just not rational at this stage.

The national stockpile was set up for the situation we now find ourselves in.

Once again I am the lone voice saying this.


You're assuming that this cost cutting UK govt still has a stockpile after they gave out Tamiflu like lollies last winter?


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 01, 2011 7:49 pm 
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They have a massive stockpile even after last years usage.

10 million plus of Relenza

Much more of Tamiflu.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/7857824.stm


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 01, 2011 7:50 pm 
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cpg wrote:
CopitoSP wrote:
niman wrote:
Swine flu surge causes critical shortage in intensive care beds for children

Doctors last night warned of a critical ­shortage of intensive care beds for children – ­because of the surge in swine flu.

Dr Kevin Morris, of the ­Paediatric Intensive Care Society, said: [b]“We are virtually in a situation where there isn’t a single paediatric ­intensive care bed left in the ­country. This is the worst crisis within living memory.”[/b]



Dr Morris added: “We have a situation where a sick child can’t get an intensive care bed in large parts of the country – which means children are having to travel some distance to find a bed.



The system could reach breaking point next week as a boom in cases of both seasonal flu and swine flu in children is expected.

Meanwhile, some surgeries and pharmacies warned yesterday they have run out of the swine flu ­vaccine and Tamiflu medicine.

A Department of Health spokesman said: “There may be local short-term supply problems because it is up to pharmacists to make sure they have ordered sufficient stock.

“Any problems should be shortlived with new stocks of medicines being delivered within 24 hours.”



s.boniface@sundaymirror.co.uk




Read more: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/top-storie ... z19pJYwFFD


Although, most of the people recover without medical treatment this situation is unsustainable. In past pandemics most of the people who got infected didn't die of the flu, but there were much more severe and fatal cases than in a typical flu season. This might be repeating in 2011.

State of Emergency must be declared, now. This is only going to get worse if they allow to open schools next week.




This could be maintained if they released the National stockpiles of Antivirals . Give it to anyone who wants it. Both Relenza and Tamiflu are licenced and registered for Prophylactic purposes not just for treating symptoms. Declaring a state of emergency is just not rational at this stage.

The national stockpile was set up for the situation we now find ourselves in.

Once again I am the lone voice saying this.

The situation is well beyond antivirals.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 01, 2011 7:52 pm 
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niman wrote:
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The situation is well beyond antivirals.


Time for 1918-like social distancing measures? That will go down well in this modern age....


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Dingo wrote:
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The situation is well beyond antivirals.


Time for 1918-like social distancing measures? That will go down well in this modern age....

UK is clearly in a critical state, complete with agency head patters ala 1918.

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