H1N1: What are your questions about swine flu? We’re going to ask the experts.

by Leigh Ann Otte, managing editor

We’re tired of wondering.

As the world’s governments prepare for a potentially huge outbreak of H1N1 this fall, we regular people are left to wonder, what’s the big deal?  Are we supposed to be worrying?  Running around in mass panic?  Moving to caves in the hills?  Or is this all just a bunch of sensationalism?

So we’re going straight to the experts—to ask them our questions, and yours.

So far, H1N1, or the swine flu, has been mild.  But scientists fear its potential power.  During the Flu Summit on July 9, new Health and Human Services secretary Kathleen Sebelius, peppered her calm but urgent speech with hints at warnings.

“We must be prepared to deal with whatever the fall brings.”

“This is a serious virus, capable of causing serious disease and even death.”  (OK, but so is the regular flu.)

“During the severity of the outbreak, community mitigation could involve more systemic means of social distancing, including limits on large gatherings ….”  (Wait … “limits on large gatherings?”  Voluntary?)

“The possibility of an antiviral-resistant strain becoming dominant this fall is a very serious consideration.” (OK, hang on … medicines like Tamiflu and Relenza may not help?)

“At this point we are anticipating a voluntary fall vaccination program against the H1N1 virus.” (Eh?  What was that?  Isn’t it always voluntary?)

Something’s up with this virus and we want to get you straight answers so you can make informed decisions for yourself.  So we’re going to ask H1N1 experts all sorts of things and post their responses.

What questions do you want us to ask? Please post in the comments section below.  (It’s quick and easy–no registration required.)

Click here for some examples.

We’ll be collecting questions through Monday, August 17.  Please suggest as many as you like.  We’ll post an update when the article is up.  (Get notification by e-mail by signing up above, in the box to the right.)

Thank you for participating!

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2 Responses to “H1N1: What are your questions about swine flu? We’re going to ask the experts.”

  1. cathy Says:

    A question I have and that I’ve heard many friends ask…if you get the current incarnation of H1N1 and the virus mutates, do you have any immunity against the mutated form of the virus?

  2. lhubbard Says:

    Fantastic question, Cathy. Thank you.

    Leigh Ann Otte
    Managing Editor
    My Family Doctor magazine

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