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PANDEMIC FLU

ANCHOR LEAD: NOW THAT THE FLU IS OFFICIALLY A PANDEMIC,W HAT ARE CLINICIANS SEEING?  ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

The World Health Organization has made it official:  the H1N1 flu is now a pandemic.  Aaron Milstone, an infectious disease expert at Johns Hopkins, says although the flu is widespread, it’s no worse than usual.

MILSTONE:  The illness that we’re seeing is still relatively mild we’re not seeing what we think is more severe disease, which is good.   So we’re not seeing what we think is more severe disease but we sure are seeing a lot of it.                  :11

Milstone does caution however, that people need to be thinking about the flu.

MILSTONE:  I think people just need to put themselves in the mindset of what they would do in the winter.  Unfortunately its summer but they need to have that winter mindset of washing your hands, staying home if you’re febrile, covering your cough, things that people don’t think about when they’re sitting at the pool, but people just need to be aware that strange as it may be, its June and we’re seeing lots of flu in the community the same way we would in December and January.    :20

It’s still a good idea to seek medical attention if severe breathing problems develop or your condition gets suddenly worse after seeming to get better.  At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.

 


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