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#1 annkd

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Posted 27 April 2009 - 08:36 AM

I would like to get your opinion on this flu outbreak. I am supposed to fly from California to New York this Friday. I am to be visiting my elderly parents in a nursing home. I am concerned about flying and the fact that with a lower immune system (I have scleroderma) I may just be asking for trouble. I even wonder that by Friday they may have put the nursing home in quarantine and I've traveled all that way for nothing. Am I just being a nervous nelly?

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#2 Monica38

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Posted 27 April 2009 - 12:01 PM

I was wondering about the same question. People with any autoimmune disorders, what is the best thing to do? I was wondering if wearing a mask would solve the problem.
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#3 Shelley Ensz

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Posted 27 April 2009 - 12:55 PM

We don't have any information on this other than what is available in the news right now, and that seems to be a rapidly developing situation.

From what I've heard so far, those at greatest risk seem to be healthy adults under 60. Those of us who are ill and over 60 might actually have less to worry about -- unless we are on immunosuppressants.

Please ask your doctor for advice regarding your particular circumstances. And let us know how things turn out.
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#4 Margaret

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Posted 27 April 2009 - 02:28 PM

<<I was wondering if wearing a mask would solve the problem.>>

Here's the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) information on these masks vs. respirators.

Interim Guidance for the Use of Masks to Control Influenza Transmission. It states

"...no studies have definitively shown that mask use by either infectious patients or health-care personnel prevents influenza transmission."

Hi, Everyone.....they said on the news tonight that those masks were, basically, useless. They don't stop the bacteria from entering if the person close to you sneezes or coughs hard. Best preventative measure is still keeping your hands washed. I suggest carrying some of that alcohol hand cleaner when you travel.

Take care, Everyone.
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Posted 27 April 2009 - 04:02 PM

My daughter got a puppy to train as a service dog. When it was 3 months old she needed to go to meet those involved in training. She would be taking the pup in the cabin with her. The vet strongly advised her not to do it because the air is recirculated and circulates what others have breathed out and the pup was still too young to have immunity built up. I don't know how true that is but sounds reasonable to me. I have been on planes that the quality of air was not good. That was sometime ago and things may be improved now. But the pup situation was 2 years ago.

Possibly infecting those in the nursing home would be something I would not want to do. Statically the odds of spreading infection is very small as there have only been a few cases in the US.

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Posted 27 April 2009 - 04:28 PM

Hi ,

I am from Texas and there is a case 40 miles from where I live. All you can do is wash your hands as much as you can. They are advising no trips to Mexico but other than that there is not much you should worry about. I would certainly go on any trips in the United States as of right now. You could ask your doctor if there is great concern about it. I would go but wash my hands very well after the flight and while visiting the nursing home.

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Posted 27 April 2009 - 07:30 PM

Hi everyone,

Like everyone else, I have been watching the Swine Flu updates on the TV and in the paper.

The best advice I keep seeing is to wash your hands frequently, cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze and if you are feeling sick, stay home.

I have also seen stories of how public places are taking extra care to clean commonly touched objects, such as door handles, hand rails and counter tops.

My hubby and I have been carrying small bottles of hand sanitizing gel for a few years now, using them every time we are out and about. We use it when using a shopping cart, doors or public phones. We use it before we enter any public building and after leaving. We started using it after he brought home the flu and gave it to me, since I cannot have flu shots and have asthma and a depressed immune system it hit me hard and required hospitalization. Maybe we have just been lucky, but we have managed to avoid the flu for two years now and have caught less colds.

My children carry bottles with them to school (one to high school and one to college) and they have had less colds as well.

As stated in previous posts, those masks really can't help much in preventing someone from catching a cold or flu. They can help keep someone who has a cold or flu from spreading it, however, since they cover the mouth.

Keep in mind, I can't even play a doctor on TV and can only pass on what I have seen on the news and been told by family members in the health field.

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Posted 28 April 2009 - 07:16 AM

I'm being a bit of a nervous Nelly as well Ann. I'm due to start Methotrexate this coming weekend, and then in 2 weeks will fly to Paris. We have now got 40 cases of the 'flu' in the UK and the Government have just said it is too late to contain it. It strikes me that it may not a) be the best time to start on immunosuppression B) then expose myself to all the bugs in the confined quarters of an aeroplane. Have not yet decided what to do, but think I will delay taking the Methotrexate for at least a week and see how things are panning out re the flu.

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Posted 28 April 2009 - 09:45 AM

Washing hands with soap and water is the very best thing a person can do to ward off illness.

One more thing: Transmission distance is 6 feet ie: sneezing, coughing

Please take care of yourselves, Everyone!
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