Saturday, January 15, 2011

Prepare for H3N2 Seasonal Flu & Whooping Cough (pertussis)

Prepare for H3N2 Seasonal Flu!

The H1N1 pandemic that struck Canada and much of the rest of the world in 2009 seems increasingly like a distant memory.  Now, a new strain of flu has begun to hit parts of Canada with a vengeance.  Yet here's the thing.  Parts of Canada are in the grip of a type of seasonal flu that for some is every bit as serious as H1N1.

It is not too late to get a flu shot. It takes about two weeks to work.

Not only that, but ...

Pertussis Outbreaks Costly for Local Health Depts
A pertussis outbreak saps resources -- both time and money -- from local health departments, according to an analysis of a school-based outbreak among 26 people in Omaha, Neb.

Although introduction of a vaccine dramatically reduced cases of pertussis -- bottoming out at 1,010 in 1976 -- the highly infectious and potentially deadly respiratory infection has made a partial comeback, peaking at 25,827 cases in 2004. From 2002 to 2006, there was an average of 17 deaths per year.

The CDC continues to recommend a single Tdap dose for adolescents ages 11 through 18 who have completed the recommended childhood diphtheria, tetanus toxoids, and pertussis/diphtheria, tetanus toxoids, and acellular pertussis (DTP/DTaP) vaccination series -- as well as for adults ages 19 through 64.

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