March 26, 2010

Cystic Fibrosis and The H1N1 Flu

The flu and the newly forms different strands of it are very pertinent to individuals with Cystic Fibrosis (CF).  If you or your child experience fast or trouble breathing, pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen, dizziness, confusion, or not waking up, please seek immediate medical attention.
That being said there has been a slow distribution of the H1N1 flu vaccine. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has said that production of the H1N1 vaccine has been slower than expected. Bases on other information from The CDC and The CF Foundation’s Influenza Advisory Group advise those with CF and those living with them all get vaccinated. Coincidently, the fastest was to get a vaccine may be through your CF care center. CF patients have been advised not to get the nasal spray seasonal or H1N1 vaccine. Also, if you develop a fever (100.4 degrees Fahrenheit) , please call your primary care physcian right away; even if your did not received the vaccine. If your doctor thinks you have influenza, he may treat you with Tamiflu to reduce the severity and duration of your infection.

  • The best way to protect against H1N1 flu is also the simpliest. Minimize the spread of germs. You can do this by:
    • Cleaning your hands often with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand gel.
    • Covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, then cleaning your hands.
    • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
    • Staying away from others if you are ill.

If you are still looking for a CF care center, you can find one in your area at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s website.