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H1N1 Outbreak In Ann Arbor: “These Patients Are Very, Very Ill”

Postby fastback65 » Sat Jan 04, 2014 6:50 am

ANN ARBOR (WWJ) – Health officials at University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor say they’re dealing with a severe outbreak of the flu.

A minimum of six people were in the intensive care unit on Thursday, as doctors dealt with what was believed to be multiple cases of H1N1, also know as “Swine Flu.”

According to Dr. Lena Napolitano, director of the University of Michigan’s Surgical Critical Care and Intensive Care units, several patients — mostly young or middle-aged — are not doing well.

“They are on very advanced life support,” Napolitano told WWJ Newsradio 950.

“There are other intensive care units — our medical ICU, our pediatric ICU — who also have other patients,” she added.” And I don’t have those exact numbers; but suffice it to say, it is a striking increase, and these patients are very, very ill.”

Napolitano said the outbreak reminds her of a similar outbreak of the H1N1 virus in 2009.

Many of the patients, she said, are in kidney failure and on continuous bedside dialysis.

“Most of them are requiring medications because their blood pressures are very low,” Napolitano said. “They’re in septic shock.”

Health officials say vaccination of high risk persons is especially important to decrease their risk of severe flu illness. People at high risk of serious flu complications include young children, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes or heart and lung disease and people 65 years and older.

Vaccination also is important for health care workers, and other people who live with or care for high risk people to keep from spreading flu to high risk people.

Napolitano said if you’re feeling sick, stay home from work or school.

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Re: H1N1 Outbreak In Ann Arbor: “These Patients Are Very, Very Ill”

Postby Muleskinner » Sun Jan 05, 2014 6:53 pm

WOW! This is the first I have heard of this. I just came back from Ann Arbor just a couple of weeks ago. Was up there for training for some new equipment that we are installing in our plant. We only stayed for a week but this is scary news. I did get my flu vaccination back in October. Does anyone know if the vaccine covers this H1N1, also? I haven't had the flu in several years since the company started offering the vaccines for free to the employees. I never had the vaccine before this and would get it every two to three years. It is a miserable having the flu. Now that I am older, it is an even more scary scenario. I recommend everyone get the vaccine. Side effects aside, it's still better than coming down with the flu.
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Re: H1N1 Outbreak In Ann Arbor: “These Patients Are Very, Very Ill”

Postby fastback65 » Mon Jan 06, 2014 4:03 am

It is hard to say which vaccine you got. The CDC decides which strain is the most likely to infect for a given year and that is the vaccine that is used. Some times they get it right and sometimes they don't. I am 62 and I haven't had a flu shot in 10 years. I did get a pneumonia shot about 5 years ago, I do not interact with the public a lot and I try to keep to myself. Judicious hand washing seems to work pretty well. I avoid the doctor's office during cold and flu season, and if I have to go for some reason, I keep a bottle of Purel in my pocket and use it before during and after my visit. I always try to sit away from everyone else and I NEVER read the outdated magazines. If you sit and watch, you will see very sick people licking their fingers to turn the pages. The same pages you are going to be turning.
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