Here is a brief summary of information from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health's blog regarding flu outbreaks and healthy habits to keep yourself free from infection. Here is a link to Dr. Conti's connect-ed message.
Flu outbreaks evolve in unpredictable ways; it is impossible to know whether this one will decrease, remain the same, or grow in coming weeks, and whether the illness will remain at its current severity which, on the whole has been relatively mild. Some severe cases may occur in people with underlying risk factors such as young children, the elderly, and people with chronic medical conditions.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Department of Public Health (DPH) are watching closely for signs of increased severity of the H1N1 influenza (swine flu), and will continue to monitor and report on any developing trends. Because there is no vaccine for H1N1 influenza, public health officials remind all Massachusetts residents to continue taking simple steps to keep themselves and others healthy.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Cover your cough with a tissue or cough into your inner elbow and not into your hands.
- If you are sick stay home from work and if your child is sick keep them home from school.
- Stay informed about the latest developments on the H1N1 flu.
According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health's website, there were 142 confirmed cases of Swine Flu in Massachusetts as of Friday (May 15). The DPH continues to post daily updates on the Swine Flu on its blog.