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Swine Flu Report Archive: Prevention

Maryland Recruits "Flu-Watchers"

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley announced today that the state is setting up a broad-based flu surveillance system, which will include teams of citizen Internet "flu-watchers" who will report any flu-like symptoms they might experience. The system will also utilize the...

By Michael E. Ruane  |  May 8, 2009; 6:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Prevention  
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Two Flu Shots May Be Needed This Fall

The World Health Organization says that patients might need to get two flu shots later this year, one to protect against the regular flu and the other to protect against swine flu, Bloomberg reports. The move comes after the international...

By Shankar Vedantam  |  May 6, 2009; 12:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Policy for Closing Schools Draws Criticism

Resistance emerged in the Washington area today to the policy of closing schools to prevent the possible spread of swine flu, as Montgomery County school superintendent Jerry Weast complained that the ongoing shutdown of Rockville High School was not justified....

By Chris Stanford  |  May 4, 2009; 8:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Opinions , Prevention , Schools  
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Antiviral Drugs -- Resources and Links

If you or someone you know is taking antiviral drugs, the Centers for Disease Control has offered guidance on potential side effects and adverse reactions. Guidelines for professionals on the appropriate administration of antiviral drugs can be found here. For...

By Shankar Vedantam  |  May 4, 2009; 2:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Does Closing Schools Stop Swine Flu?

Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said they are re-examining whether closing schools is an effective way to halt swine flu -- especially if students at a school are infected by someone in the larger community and...

By Shankar Vedantam  |  May 4, 2009; 2:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Prevention , Schools  
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What If There's No Soap?

The District school system is urging students to vigorously and frequently wash their hands with soap. Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee and DC Health Department director Dr. Pierre Vigilance urge “lathering well above the wrists and (rubbing) your hands together...

By Michael E. Ruane  |  May 1, 2009; 5:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Older Entries in This Category »

The Suspension of the Handshake, Michael E. Ruane , May 1, 2009
Houses of Worship Take Flu Precautions, Michael E. Ruane , May 1, 2009
Insurance Tips, Shankar Vedantam , May 1, 2009
Maryland Flu Hotline, Michael E. Ruane , May 1, 2009
Rockville Students Urged to Avoid Congregating, Michael E. Ruane , May 1, 2009
Supermarket Flu Precautions, Michael E. Ruane , May 1, 2009
CDC Publishes Overview of Swine Flu Outbreak, Shankar Vedantam , May 1, 2009
World Bank Employees Cleared, Michael E. Ruane , May 1, 2009
Google Tracks the Flu, Shankar Vedantam , May 1, 2009
Insufficient Stockpiles of Antiviral Drugs, Shankar Vedantam , May 1, 2009
Metro Scouring 'Touch Surfaces', Michael E. Ruane , April 30, 2009
Should We Save Our Supply of Tamiflu?, Shankar Vedantam , April 30, 2009
Swine Flu Q&A: What You Need to Know, washingtonpost.com editors , April 30, 2009
 
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