Archive for the ‘H1N1’ Category

A New Pandemic: How Has It Affected You?

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

H1N1 (swine flu) is moving through Maryland, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Last month the state reported its seventh H1N1-related death.

Have you or anyone you know caught the bug? How has it impacted you? What are your thoughts on this flu and its vaccine?

Sick Midshipmen Quarantined at Naval Academy

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

An outbreak of suspected H1N1 at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis has led officials to quarantine infected students in an isolated area of the Bancroft Hall dorm. The first case of H1N1 was confirmed on Sept. 10, and since then, seven total cases have been confirmed, according to a statement from Deborah Goode, director of media relations at the Academy.

Since the outbreak began, the number of students with influenza-like illness quarantined in Bancroft Hall has been as high as 75, but now is decreasing, and as of Tuesday, 30 students remained isolated, Goode said.

In addition to educating midshipmen on flu prevention and good hygiene, Academy officials are asking midshipmen every morning if they’re experiencing flu-like symptoms, hand sanitizer is being made available at locations throughout the campus and common areas such as bathrooms and locker rooms are being cleaned more frequently in an effort to contain the spread of the virus, the statement said.

Midshipmen in isolation are receiving “continuous monitoring by staff and medical personnel,” as well as meals, fluids, and laundry and bed linen services, the statement said.

In a letter addressed to family and friends of midshipmen, Commandant of Midshipmen Capt. Matthew Klunder said the Academy is also in the process of providing e-mail access and DVD players to isolated midshipmen.

“I am most proud of them as they deal with this unfortunate situation, but we are all pitching in to make their stay as comfortable and pain free as possible,” the letter reads.

All midshipmen have now been vaccinated for seasonal influenza, and when the H1N1 vaccine is ready, the Academy will implement a plan to vaccinate midshipmen and military staff, the statement said.

- By Capital News Service’s Megan E. Gustafson.

Md. Company to Be First H1N1 Vaccine Provider

Friday, September 18th, 2009

Maryland’s MedImmune will be the first manufacturer to provide H1N1 vaccines in United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced today.

3.4 million doses of the needle-free nasal spray will be available in the first week of October, says Dr. Jay Butler, chief of 2009 H1N1 Vaccine Task Force.

The number of doses of H1N1 vaccine of all types is eventually expected to increase to 20 million a week.

MedImmune, which has received a U.S. government order for about 13 million doses of the nasal spray, will be manufacturing 40 million to 50 million doses total, says Karen Lancaster from MedImmune’s public relations office.

By Capital News Service’s Sharmina Manandhar