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Tuesday, January 5, 2010


The following swine flu tips appeared in our prestigeous newspaper The Star Ledger of New Jersey on 10/06/09 written by Dr.Donohue and we are quoting the the entire information for our readers. The question was addressed to Dr. Donohue.

Dear Dr.Donohue: What can an elderly senior do to protect himself the H1N1 virus? Is a vaccine available? What can I recommend to my grand children in their 20s or children in their 40s ?Is there a vaccine ?
Answer: Actually, it is not a new virus.Epidemics of H1N1 virus ocurred in 1957 and 1977, and you made it through those years without batting an eye. You should make it through a return visit ,too.
The signs of H1N1 flu are the same as ordinary flu. It is transferred from one person to another through coughing and sneezing.
A vaccine is scheduled for availability in mid-october. Pregnant women,people in contact with children less than 6 months old, those whose ages are between 6 months and 24 years and healthcare workers are targets of this vaccine. You'll notice older people are not targets.That is because these people are protected from the H1N1 virus due to experience with it. Older people are targets for regular flu virus, however.The reliability of the four flu medicines-Tamiflu, Relenza, Symmetrel and rimantadine- is in doubt, but it might be that these medicines could be effective when used in combination.

write to Dr.Donohue at P.O.Box 536475, Orlando,Fla.32853-6475
*Thanks to the Star Ledger

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