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Update, September 2009



Click here to view the Hardy
products available to assist you in the diagnosis and control of the 2009
H1N1 Influenza.

Click here to learn more about
the N95 face mask pictured above.

Rapid Tests


Click here for more
information on Quidel’s Rapid Influenza A+B TEst Kit.

Click here to examine the
results of a recent study that showed Quidel’s kit to have the highest
sensitivity of those tested.

Click here to receive more information and a
price quote rapid test kits.



Click here for information on
specimen collection and transport for the flu.

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for specimen transports.

CVM Transport

Current Stats on Deaths due to the Flu


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to view a map
of the incidence of 2009 H1N1 Influenza in your home state.

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how to control the spread of the infection.

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12 things
you should know about the flu…

Flu Facts

1. The flu virus is extremely fragile and will remain
viable for only minutes when exposed to air. However, it can remain
viable for 2 to 8 hours if protected from air exposure by materials
such as respiratory secretions, which can be deposited on environmental
surfaces by infected persons. (ref: CDPH Health Alert)

2. Approximately one in every 100,000 swine flu
vaccinations in 1976 resulted in Gullain-Barre Syndrome, an autoimmune
disease affecting the nerve cells, which can result on paralysis. (ref. CDC, Questions and answers
on GBS)

3. The multi-dose seasonal and 2009 H1N1 Influenza
injectable vaccine will contain the thimerasol, a mercury based
preservative. The intra-nasal version of the vaccine will not. (ref: CDC, General questions and
answers on thimerasol).

4. Treatment with oseltamivir (Tamiflu) or zanamivir
(Relenza) is recommended for all persons with suspected or confirmed
influenza requiring hospitalization. (ref: CDC, Treatment

5. The 2009 H1N1 influenza viral genome is made up of
genes from pigs, birds, and humans, the combination of which has not
been seen before, thus resulting in low immunity amongst the general

6. One thing that appears to be different from seasonal
influenza is that adults older than 64 years do not yet appear to be at
increased risk of 2009 H1N1-related complications thus far. CDC
laboratory studies have shown that no children and very few adults
younger than 60 years old have existing antibody to 2009 H1N1 flu
virus; however, about one-third of adults older than 60 may have
antibodies against this virus. (ref: CDC, 2009 H1N1 Flu)

7. On the average, every year 36,000 Americans die from the seasonal flu. Over 90% of these
deaths occur in persons over the age of 65. (ref: CDC, 2009 H1N1 Flu)

8. As of September 4th, there have been 583 deaths due to 2009 N1N1
Influenza. (ref: USA Today Health)

9. On the average, people infected with seasonal and
2009 H1N1 flu shed virus and may be able to infect others from 1 day before
getting sick to 5 to 7 days after. The CDC recommends that infected
persons stay home for 24 hours after the fever is gone. (ref: CDC, 2009 H1N1 Flu)

10. Real-Time PCR testing is recommended for
hospitalized patients. However, for community testing, a recent study
by the CDC reports that the Quidel Rapid Influenza test kit had the highest sensitivity (69%) of those tested. The overall
sensitivity for the season flu for the Quidel kit was 80%. (ref: CDC, Rapid test kits for

11. Only N95 or higher rated face masks are recommended
by the CDC. They are not recommended for use in low-risk non-health
care settings. (ref: CDC, Recommendations for

12. Of all subtyped Influenza A cases reported last
week, 99% were 2009 H1N1 Influenza. (ref: CDC, FluView)

Flu virus