Archive for April, 2009

Swine flu, greetings from Texas update

Many of you that read this blog are patients in my Austin, TX practice. For those of you following this story closely, please see the latest confirmed swine flu count from our state health department here:http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/swineflu/default.shtm There are 26 confirmed cases, including the child from Mexico City who died in Houston. There are no confirmed […]


Toddler dies from H1N1 (swine) flu virus

The first reported death from swine flu in the U.S. comes from a toddler, from Mexico City, who entered Texas via Brownsville. He was ill for a few days before he was taken to a hospital in Houston, where he died Monday. There are no other details available currently. Look for updates on this at […]


Latest tally on swine flu: 64

The confirmed cases of swine flu continue to rise both in the US and internationally. The Centers for Disease Control has 64 confirmed cases of swine flu in the US. These include more cases in New York, California, and Texas. There's no additional information at this point to share regarding the ongoing investigation. The CDC […]


Is there a vaccine for swine flu? Question of the day.

Short answer: No. There is a vaccine for pigs, but not one for humans currently. It will take about FOUR months for a vaccine manufacturer to produce a vaccine against this particular H1N1 Swine influenza virus. So, you can't go to your local megamart or doctor's office to get a flu shot against swine flu. […]


Sound advice on vaccines

Yes, swine flu is on everyone's mind today, but it also happens to be National Infant Immunization Week. In light of that, the American Academy of Pediatrics has put together a great new resource for parents on vaccines. You can listen to the entire podcast, or just specific segments here: http://www.cispimmunize.org/fam/soundadvice.html


Rethinking your trip to Mexico?

Continuing our ongoing coverage of swine flu…some people are wondering if it is safe to travel to Mexico (we're talking about infectious diseases here, drug cartels are another story). Currently, the Centers for Disease Control has NOT made any recommendations to avoid travel. They have posted some very useful information regarding what to do if […]


Swine flu: What to do?

The number of U.S. cases of confirmed swine flu has now risen to 20, in five states. The cases have been identified now in: CaliforniaTexasKansasNew YorkOhio To help prevent the spread of this respiratory illness (and any other infectious disease), the CDC is reminding everyone to do the following things: 1. Cover your coughs and […]


Update on swine flu

For those of you following this story (particularly those of you in California and Texas!), here is the update from the Centers for Disease Control : http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/investigation.htm Here is the Cliff's notes version:1. If you feel like you are coming down with the flu: fever/bodyaches/fatigue are the first symptoms, followed by cough/funny nose/sore throat, and […]