Hospital board briefed on swine flu preparations

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer

The Roosevelt General Hospital Board heard about receiving medicine to treat the H1N1 flu virus, also known as swine flu and Influenza A, during their regular meeting on Wednesday.

Hospital Administrator James D’Agostino said state health officials told him they’re sending a supply of medicine to treat people who might come down with Influenza A.

“I received the called yesterday (Tuesday) about the medicine,” D’Agostino said. “It appears we’re going to be getting Tamiflu capsules and RELENZA. The state is providing it to the hospital.”

According to the World Health Organization Web site, Mexico has confirmed 2,059 human cases of swine flu, with 56 deaths. The United States has more than 3,300 human cases, but only three deaths.

Dr. Bert Wofford said there is no vaccine for the influenza A (H1N1).

“The reason why everybody is freaking out about this is due to the flu showing up at a weird time,” Wofford said.

The medicine coming in is from the government stockpile to help in treating anyone who catches the influenza A virus when cold and flu season picks back up in the winter time.

Safety tips for avoiding H1N1:

• Wash hands

• Use hand sanitizers

• People with a fever over 100 should stay at home.

• Cough or sneeze into the pit of the elbow, not the hands.