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Saturday, March 14, 2009

Flu Vaccine Awareness Seminar

What: Flu Vaccine Awareness Seminar
Where: Max’s Tiendesitas.
Time: 3-6 PM Speaker: Dr. Rubai Mendoza Dizon Medical Director of Sanofi Pasteur Phils. Credits: Thanks to Iris & Ms.Roana for the Photos
Thanks to Nuffnang for the invites
Thanks to Ms. Ryan Joson for reminding me

Influenza, commonly known as the flu, is an infectious disease that affects birds and mammals caused by RNA viruses of the family Orthomyxoviridae (the influenza viruses). The name influenza comes from the Italian: influenza, meaning "influence", (Latin: influentia). In humans, common symptoms of the disease are chills, fever, pharyngitis , muscle pains, severe headache, coughing, weakness, and general discomfort. In more serious cases, influenza causes pneumonia, which can be fatal, particularly in young children and the elderly. Although it is often confused with the common cold, influenza is a much more severe disease and is caused by a different type of virus. Influenza can produce nausea and vomiting, especially in children, but these symptoms are more characteristic of the unrelated gastroenteritis, which is sometimes called "stomach flu" or "24-hour flu".

People who need to get the flu shot:
* Any person who desires to reduce the likelihood of becoming ill with influenza
* Children 6-59 months
* Adults and children with risk factors: o Chronic cardiovascular disease (e.g. congestive heart failure, hypertensive cardiovascular disease, valvular heart disease, rheumatic heart disease, stroke o Chronic lung disease (e.g. COPD, asthma, bronchiectasis, malignancies, chronic PTB) o Chronic metabolic disease ( diabetes) o Chronic renal dysfunction o Hemoglobinopathies Children and adolescents who are receiving long term aspirin therapy
* Immunosuppressed or those with weakened immune system
* Residents of nursing homes and chronic care facilities
* Pregnant women on their 2nd and 3rd trimester who have not received their flu vaccine within the last 12 months
* Persons who can transmit influenza to those at risk: health care workers and other personnel of out patient care settings, hospitals, nursing homes, and chronic care facilities; Household contacts and caregivers of person at risk
* Persons who provide essential and emergency community services, students and other persons in institutional settings

Who should not be vaccinated:
* Persons known to have anaphylactic hypersensitivity to eggs or other components of the influenza vaccine without medical consultation
* Persons with acute febrile illness usually should not be vaccinated until their symptoms are abated. Minor illnesses (like mild upper respiratory tract infection), are not contraindications for the use of influenza vaccine, particularly in children

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