Influenza

Mike the Mad Biologist

Category archives for Influenza

TEH SWINEY FLOO! Woo: The Vaccine Is Safe…

…as any other vaccine. One of the things that was frustrating about the recent report of some (a few) nurses who were concerned about the safety of the swine flu vaccine was the utter ignorance by medical professionals of how the vaccine is made: the swine flu vaccine is no different in terms of manufacture…

One of the thing we need to pay attention to during TEH SWINEY FLOO! is the role of bacterial infections in flu-related mortality: a fair number of the deaths ultimately could result from a secondary bacterial infection by organisms like Staphylococcus (including MRSA), Streptococcus, and some of the Gram-negative organisms. Unfortunately, this is happening in…

While I think making swine flu vaccination mandatory for healthcare workers is bad policy, since it feeds into anti-vaccine paranoia: people forced to take the vaccine will assume that they are guinea pigs and this, in turn, will lead others to think something is wrong with the vaccine. Having said that, I’m concerned by the…

TEH SWINEY FLOO! Gets a Good Rap

Bestest public service announcement EVAH!: Seriously though, www.flu.gov has some good information. And someone at HHS was being very clever when he or she thought of soliciting videos for a public service announcement.

…the rest of us. Shorter version: you are an ambulatory germ dispersal unit, so be responsible. I try to make it a regular habit to go through the ScienceBlogs 24-hour feed, and in doing so, I came across this post by ScienceBlogling Jason Rosenhouse talking about his experience with what might have been TEH SWINEY…

A couple days ago, while waiting for the T, a guy about ten feet away sneezed several times without even attempting to cover his face; he didn’t even make a ‘matador’, bullshit fake effort. Because of the angle of the light and what not, I could easily see the massive spray of mucus flying out…

…I was wrong. African-Americans and Latinos are already showing elevated numbers of swine flu hospitalizations in Massachusetts:

In the midst of the concern about TEH SWINEY FLOO!, very few people (other than the Mad Biologist), have been discussing the double whammy of influenza followed by bacterial infections. A couple of years ago, I first started describing reports of KPCs: No, KPC isn’t a new fast food restaurant. It’s short for Klebsiella pneumoniae…

The CDC’s expert committee has released its recommendations for who should receive the swine flu vaccination (TEH SWINEY FLOO!):

I hope the swine flu outbreak focuses attention on the importance of vaccination.