Seasonal influenza and the novel H1N1 form of the virus have descended upon physicians' offices across the state of Texas. Doctors face a rare challenge this year as they hustle to vaccinate patients against two forms of disease while staying up to date on the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), and local health departments.
This installment of Podcast TMA examines the DSHS plan of action in response to novel H1N1 flu and seasonal flu. The cover story of the November 2009 issue of Texas Medicine magazine examines planning for both strains of the virus at the state and local level and stresses the importance of physicians vaccinating themselves against the diseases. Today, James Morgan, DSHS assistant commissioner for Regional and Local Health Services, shares the latest information on preventing influenza overload in your community and treating the illnesses promptly.
This installment covers:
- Advice for physicians caring for patients sick with H1N1 flu and seasonal flu;
- An update on the H1N1 and seasonal flu vaccines;
- The importance of a well-coordinated local response to flu this year; and
- Resources for physicians regarding the H1N1 flu vaccine, use of antiviral drugs, and flu treatment advice.
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