Health Chats
Swine Flu: A Cause for Panic? (Part 2)
Wednesday May 06, 2009, 01:00PM - 02:00PM (EST)
Enoch Choi, MDBlank
Palo Alto Medical Foundation
Urgent Care, Palo Alto, CA
Do you have swine flu? Dr. Enoch Choi, MD from Palo Alto Medical Foundation Urgent Care will help answer questions on how to tell swine flu from a cold, and from seasonal influenza. Swine flu has not yet been proven to be a serious enough virus to declare this to be a pandemic, but nations around the globe are discouraging travel to USA and Mexico. Just how dangerous is this virus? How can you protect yourself? How can you stay healthy? Come ask these questions and more from a physician on the front lines, treating folks coming back from Mexico with upper respiratory illnesses that match the CDC's protocols for treating suspected swine flu patients.<br><br> <img src="http://www.medhelp.org/images/email/arrow.jpg">&nbsp;&nbsp; Learn more about Swine Flu from Dr. Enoch Choi's blog post <a href="http://www.medhelp.org/user_journals/show/83652">Do I have Swine Flu?</a> <br><br> <img src="http://www.medhelp.org/images/email/arrow.jpg">&nbsp;&nbsp; Read the chat transcript from Dr. Enoch Choi's first <a href="http://www.medhelp.org/health_chats/archive/17">Swine Flu Health Chat</a> on April 29, 2009. <div style="margin: 10px; float: none; height: 85px; border: 1px solid #E5E5E5; padding:10px 25px;"> <div style="background: transparent url('http://video.nbcuni.com/healthology/thumb/ee8a6d86032c7e85009980d59151bee7_large.jpg') no-repeat scroll 9px 10px; float: left; padding-right: 25px;"> <a href="health_videos/Swine-Flu-Update/show/1870" style="color:#006CC8; text-decoration:none;"><img src="http://www.medhelp.org/RoR/images/health_videos/video_overlay.gif?1" alt="Video_overlay" style="height:69px; width:94px; border: 0 none;"/></a></div> <div style='padding-top:23px;font-size:14px;'> <a href="health_videos/Swine-Flu-Update/show/1870">Swine Flu Update</a> </div> </div>
Dr. Enoch Choi:
yes, it can mutate to something worse
fvf147:
Do you agree with the CDC changing recommendation to not close schools where H1N1 is present?  How else are you supposed to slow the spread within a school if you don't close it?
Dr. Enoch Choi:
keep feverish sick kids, teachers & staff home for 7 days and until all symptoms gone
Dr. Enoch Choi:
i agree with that
Dr. Enoch Choi:
current H1N1 is as severe as the seasonal flu, i don't think school closures are necessary
ChitChatNine:
I am concerned about the flu vaccine for next Fall .. how will the experts know if it is a proven immunization that won't present with terrible side effects.   I ask this wondering how they can say with certaintly a new vaccine would be safe when we really don't know how this will mutate and/or behave by then ?
Med Help:
This will be the final question for this chat.
Dr. Enoch Choi:
We won't know until many folks are immunized.  The technology is different, I hope we don't see the guillane barre we saw with 1976 swine flu immunization.
Dr. Enoch Choi:
Thanks for coming!  Follow me at http://www.twitter.com/enochchoi
Dr. Enoch Choi:
Off to work out
Med Help:
Thank you to everyone who participated in today's chat. And a big thank you to Dr. Choi for taking time out of his schedule to answer questions.
Dr. Enoch Choi:
and rub hands with alcohol hand sanitizer afterwards... ;)
Med Help:
Don't forget to sign up for our Pregnancy chat (starting in an hour) and the Lasik chat on May 19th. http://www.medhelp.org/health_chats/list_upcoming