October 25th, 2011 by admin
Use Prevention, Get your shot and Use Viraguard, Use HealthLink
The panic of the H1N1 pandemic just two years ago changed the way Americans feel about the flu shot.
Once regarded as an annoyance, something that had to be put on one’s to-do list and make time for, became an urgency—and statistics show it has stayed that way.
Nearly 131 million people, or 43 percent of the U.S. population, received the influenza vaccine last season, representing a steady increase over several years, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
H1N1 surfaced in April 2009. It caused at least 18,449 deaths worldwide and shut down schools, leading some countries to quarantine travelers and driving the President to fast-track a vaccine program that struggled to meet the panic-driven demand. People were afraid to take public transit or shake someone’s hand for fear of catching germs.
“Eight million more Americans got vaccinated against the flu last year. That is the most people who have ever been vaccinated in this country,” Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the CDC, said recently.
Frieden said more pregnant women last year were vaccinated than ever before, with about half getting a flu vaccine, as more doctors recommended it for their expecting patients. About half of U.S. children got the vaccine last year as well, a seven percent increase over prior years.
The CDC now recommends that everyone six months and older should get a flu shot this year and every year.
“It’s getting easier to do that in terms of the ways you can get vaccinated and the amount of vaccine available,” Frieden said.
More than 85 million doses of influenza vaccine are already available in doctors’ offices, public health clinics, pharmacies and retail stores. And all 50 U.S. states now allow pharmacists to administer the influenza vaccine.
Eventually, CDC officials expect the five companies that make the flu vaccine for the U.S. market to provide 166 million doses, up from 157 million doses distributed last year.
Those makers include: Sanofi, GlaxoSmithKline, Novartis, AstraZeneca unit MedImmune and CSL.
Dr. Manny Alvarez, senior managing health editor of FoxNews.com, said even though the CDC is not sounding any alarms about this season, you should not discount the flu shot.
“People do die from the flu,” he said. “It kills 30,000 Americans each year. Get your flu shot.”
Symptoms of the flu include feeling feverish or having chills, cough, sore throat, runny nose, body aches and fatigue. Children, adults over the age of 65 and those with compromised immune systems are especially at risk for catching the flu.
There are now four vaccine options: the traditional shot in the arm, a nasal spray, a high-dose vaccine for older adults and Sanofi’s newly launched Fluzone Intradermal vaccine, which uses a short needle and delivers the vaccine into the skin rather than the muscle.
According to a national survey by the National Foundation for Infectious Disease, nearly two-thirds of U.S. adults say they plan to get vaccinated this year.
According to a national survey released in September by Walgreen Co, the most recent flu season resulted in 100 million lost work days, nearly $7 billion in lost wages and 32 million missed school days.
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2011/10/24/after-fear-h1n1-more-americans-putting-flu-shot-on-to-do-list/?test=latestnews#ixzz1bnhwKrQb
October 22nd, 2011 by admin
FIGHT SUPERBUGS WITH PREVENTION
ABOUT 400 ADDITIONAL CASES OF SUPERBUG DISEASES IN HOSPITALS NOW.
Super-resistant bacteria are at their highest levels yet, having accounted for fewer than five cases a year before 2008, according to figures from the Health Protection Agency.
Experts have warned that their rise could lead to an increase in death rates among patients who develop infections in hospital as there will be no treatments that can help them.
Super-resistant bacteria are at their highest levels yet according to figures from the Health Protection Agency
The superbugs are strains of well-known bacteria such as E. coli and klebsiella, which can cause serious illnesses including pneumonia, blood poisoning and urinary tract infections.
But they have developed resistance to carbapenems – strong antibiotics given intravenously to hospital patients as a last resort for the most serious infections. So far 386 new cases have been reported in 2011 – more than the total number from 2003-2010. The HPA called the recent spike in cases a ‘major public health concern’. The only way to really fight these diseases is through prevention. Viraguard and HealthLink products kill on contact.
May 13th, 2011 by admin
Bedbugs and MRSA an Unhealthy Pair
A Canadian group in Vancouver has identified bedbugs as carriers of MRSA
Up until now bedbugs have been considered a pest more than a health hazard, now it seems that there is a strong case that they are in fact carriers of disease. In other studies it has been shown that alcohol based products kill both MRSA and bedbugs.
While this study is small and certainly not definitive it should not be ignored. In addition to MRSA this study also detected VRE in the bedbugs. VRE is also killed by alcohol based products. Veridien kills both VRE and MRSA.
MRSA is expected to be severe this Summer and Fall, could even get to the pandemic level. You really want to protect your family as human interaction in schools, locker rooms, dormitories and almost any casual contact is how MRSA spreads. This can be debilitating and disfiguring as well as life threatening. It is probably more of a problem in urban areas than rural and should be taken very seriously.
Please refer to other articles on this site for more definitive procedures for controlling the life threatening viruses. Also review the FDA and EPA documentation on Viraguard and HealthLink and the scientific evidence that supports the kill claims for MRSA, H1N1, VRE, Hepatitis A, B and C, the Aids virus and all flus. Proper treatment of skin and surfaces with Viraguard and HealthLink products will help protect you, your family and your pets from these diseases and also stop the carrying of the virus as well.
March 31st, 2011 by admin
For those of you that got to us to late you may want to go to this site: http://goo.gl/4kiEf MRSA infections can be extremely debilitating, assure your family is protected. While some of the pictures are disturbing this site does give you an opportunity to correct the ravages that MRSA can cause. In the mean time look carefully at our product offering that protects you and your family. As the article below states we are coming into the MRSA season and you should do everything you can to protect your family, especially the children. Again please go to this site:
http://goo.gl/4kiEf if you or someone in your family has already contracted MRSA.
Don’t forget bedbugs carry MRSA.
March 30th, 2011 by admin
MRSA Alert !!!!!!!! The dangerous methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, infections are ready to attack us with a vengeance this summer and fall. This seasonal occurrence is more likely to affect your children than you. Be alert and protect yourself and your family.
These indications are from a clinical analysis of MRSA events that were experienced at a Providence Rhode Island Hospital over the past decade.
What is really scary from the study is that children experienced almost double the infection rate from MRSA in the last six months of the year from outside of the health care environment and almost three times the rate in nosocomial infections or within the health facilities. The interesting thing is that there was little or no increase in adult infections during the same periods both in and out of health care facilities.
The people conducting the study then reviewed published reports for the past seven decades and were able to conclusively determine that MRSA infections in the last six months of the year in the temperate climates of the globe and also in the warmest months of the tropical zones of the world.
An interesting fact uncovered showed that the more humid and prevalence of skin moisture showed an enhanced environment for the growth of microbes and thus the resultant proliferation of MRSA.
The take away from this study is that the more you can do to prevent MRSA from taking hold and breeding the safer you and your family will be. Do all you can to prevent MRSA and you will avoid the pain, suffering and even death associated with MRSA.
January 26th, 2011 by admin
IS AMERICA NEXT?????
WHO ELSE WANTS TO PROTECT THEIR FAMILY???
WHO ELSE WANTS TO PROTECT THEIR WORK SPACE???
The British Germs are coming!!! The British Germs are coming!!!
The H1N1 Swine Flu has already killed 112 people in Britain. The rest of Europe is preparing for an onslaught. With the multitude of flights from Europe to the United States it is only a matter of time until the new Swine Flu arrives here. As it is early in the flu season we are all vulnerable, while there is plenty of vaccine available, it is mostly unused. In addition to the flu shot you should use preventative measures to protect your family, coworkers, customers, etc. from exposure.
The medical community is only now seeing flu cases, mostly of the traditional variety. However they are warning that without taking precautions we could be extremely vulnerable as there is a feeling of complacency rampant across the U.S. There continues to me low levels of H1N1 reported along with H3N2 and influenza B. So far only 10% of flu cases are H1N1.
One of the reasons for the lower infection rate of H1N1 is that many people developed significant immunity last year. The issue now is that H3N2 could come on like gangbusters. This resurgence of the new strain could definitely be much more serious for younger people.
When H1N1 came on the scene in 2009 it was in April and May, since flu season is usually over in March or earlier we now have an unpredictable situation that could put our entire population at risk. The big concern now is the distinct possibility that there will be regional variations in the U.S. with different mutations in our various geographical regions. It could be extremely different from what shows up in Europe and the U. K.
While H1N1 could be replaced by H3N2 we should understand the severe and deadly consequences of H3N2 which will hit our senior citizens the hardest along with younger children. Complications of this flu is lead by pneumonia which will be more predominate and more deadly. Without proper preparation we can expect anywhere from 10,000 to 40,000 deaths this year.
You should get the flu shot, (especially for young children over 6 months old, pregnant women and the elderly) you should also be sure that you protect your environment with germ and virus killers like Viraguard and HealthLink products.
The CDC recommends that all people aged 6 months and over get the seasonal flu shot, with priority given to pregnant women, young children, the elderly and certain other groups.
October 12th, 2010 by admin
New strain of the swine flu virus poses a threat to the extent of becoming a pandemic
On the odd occasion, this virus undergoes mutations to form a new virus strain that is able to pass from human to another with relative ease. Therefore, it has been concluded that the strain that is responsible for the 2009 swine flu outbreak, has undergone such a mutation.
What is Swine Influenza?
Swine influenza virus, endemic to pig populations, is said to be caused by the Orthomyxo viruses. Strains of the swine flu virus, isolated to date, have been classified as a subtype of the genus influenza virus A. The new strain is an obvious reassortment of several strains of influenza A virus subtype H1N1, which include a strain that is endemic in humans and two strains that are endemic in pigs, as well as an avian influenza virus. Reassortment is common feature in influenza viruses; this is because of the structure of their genome. However, this particular reassortment is consistent with its ability to transmit the mutated virus from pigs to humans. In the current scenario, the outbreak of this disease has been termed as the “public health emergency of international concern,” by the World Health Organization. Moreover, most concerned officials lack any knowledge with regard to its clinical features, epidemiology, and virology as well as the appropriate responses needed as a result. All the concerned government health agencies around the world are monitoring the situation closely. Swine flu is spread amongst humans on contact. The spread of the 2009 swine flu outbreak owes its existence to a new strain of H1N1 influenza virus, which was first detected in March 2009 by public health officials. There are serious concerns expressed about this novel strain because it has had a relatively high mortality rate in Mexico, and now has the potential to become a full fledged flu pandemic.
How is swine flu prevented?
Recommendations to prevent infection by the virus consist of the standard personal precautions against influenza.
- Frequent washing of hands with soap and water or with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
- Avoid touching the mouth, nose or eyes with the hands unless they have been washed first
- Cough into a tissue and throw it in the garbage immediately or if bare hands are used to cover the nose and mouth then the hands must be washed immediately.
Many countries have also confirmed that all the inbound international passengers will be screened. They will ask each passenger which countries they have visited as well as feel or look for particularly unwell passengers. Furthermore, CDC has also recommended the use of Tamiflu and Relenza for both treatment and prevention of this new strain. Some physicians also recommend the use of masks in public places as this decrease the likelihood of transmission of the virus when around an infected person. Swine flu can be further prevented by:
Knowing all the signs of swine flu which include fever,
- cough, sore throat,
- body aches,
- diarrhea and vomiting.
Make sure you are in good health; get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food. Practice good hygiene; while sneezing place a disposable tissue over your mouth, throw the tissue away after use and wash your hands regularly after blowing your nose/sneezing and before you eat. Don’t share utensils or drinks.
How are swine influenza symptoms recognised?
The symptoms of H1N1 flu in people are expected to be similar to the symptoms of regular human seasonal influenza and include fever, lethargy, lack of appetite and coughing. Some people with swine flu also have reported runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Anyone with symptoms of influenza should call their healthcare provider. In humans, the symptoms of swine flu are similar to those of influenza and of influenza-like illness. However, the strain responsible for the 2009 swine flu outbreak is normally known to cause only mild symptoms and the infected person recovers fully in a few days.
Are there ways to reduce the spread of this disease?
The flu virus is normally thought to spread from person to person contact in respiratory droplets of coughs and sneezes. This happens when droplets from cough or sneezes are propelled through the air and deposited on the mouth or nose of uninfected people nearby. Moreover, it could also spread when a person touches respiratory droplets on another person or an object and then touches their own mouth or nose before washing the hands. Taking the following measures will surely arrest it from spreading to healthy humans.
For this you must:
- Check with your health care provider about any special care that you might need, especially if you are pregnant or have health conditions like diabetes, heart disease, asthma, or emphysema
- Check about all your antiviral medications
- Stay at home for 7 days after the start of illness
- Drink clear fluids to keep yourself hydrated
- Cover up when coughing or sneezing;
- wash your hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub
- Avoid close contact with infected people
- When going out in public places always wear a mask
- Keep the sick person away from other people as much as possible
- Maintain good ventilation in shared household areas
- Use antivirals to prevent the flu after checking with your healthcare provider
Here we tried to provide few vital information about swine flu, also know as Swine influenza. Get detailed knowledge and ways to prevent influenza by tamiflu – The anti-viral influenza treatment drug.
October 6th, 2010 by admin
Cold and flu season. It’s here. We knew it was coming and we wanted to avoid it. Unfortunately, we aren’t able to skip over the cold and flu season. What makes the cold and flu season worse, is the threat of our families being infected with “super bugs”.
Super bugs are scary. They thrive in public places and they linger in our homes, schools and offices. If those areas are bad, what about public restrooms, mass transportation vehicles like planes, buses and subways? Super bugs are every where, ready and waiting to attack you.
Papa Van has the Cryptonite formula needed to fight super bugs. Lucky for you, he is willing to share his 3 germ fighting tips.
- Disinfect high traffic, hard, nonporous surfaces; think refrigerator door, light switches, door handles, TV remotes, steering wheels. E-Z Kill Disinfecting and Deodorizing wipes are highly effective and are trusted by pediatricians, hospitals and hotels to
- Use the right hand soap, for the right amount of time and wash your hands often. Did you know the best way to time yourself is to sing the “Happy Birthday To You!” song twice. By the time you have sung the song in your head twice, you have done a good job washing the super bugs away. My wife really likes AloeGuard hand soap. Not only does it have the special super bug killing formula but it is also gentle on skin. When you can’t get to a sink and water, use AloeGel Instant Hand Sanitizer. It’s the perfect size to keep in your car or purse.
- Toys, hard plastics, hard surfaces in your bathrooms and kitchen and other liquid safe items need to be a part of your clean team! An effect and efficient way to banish bugs from these items is a good long soak. My daughter Laura, fills her bath tub with CitriGuard II and warm water. Anything that can tolerate a good soak gets tossed in; especially well handled plastic water safe toys.
What are you waiting for? Be the super hero of your family. Fight super bugs with my three tips – they might just save someone you love!
October 1st, 2010 by admin
Join Papa Van in his quest to protect his family and friends against dangerous and deadly germs.
Check out how Papa Van is fighting germs. Click this link —-> Germ Wars to watch the video!
Using antimicrobial soap, an antimicrobial cleanser or other virus killing products to secure our living environment, whether it is home, school, gym, auto or office, is critical to our health and well being with families, friends and co-workers. In my more than 30 years associated with the medical device industry I’ve had the opportunity to observe many infectious problems with institutions and individuals. My business life gave me rich experiences with all types of medical devices from urinary drainage bags and catheters to vascular grafts and pacemakers. A big problem in health care institutions is nosocomial infections. This means the infection was acquired in the hospital from other sources, in other words they were preventable.
When I’ve seen my lovely wife, Jody and my children Laura and Mitchell (when they were growing up) getting some sort of flu virus or infection I knew I failed to keep them healthy. I’ve experienced friends and extended family members coming down with MRSA and other virus caused diseases that could have been prevented. Now Laura and Mitch have their own children and they know what they have to do to protect them from these debilitating and even killing viruses. The key to this prevention is not antibiotics but rather alcohol based products that have been treated to be sensitive to the skin but also deadly to viruses on contact.
Laura worked in office environments that included Big Eight consulting firms as well as retail corporate offices and their mall locations. Coming into contact with the general public on a daily basis exposes us to all sorts of viral based diseases, if we’re not using hand washing soap like Boraxo soap on a regular basis and cleaning surfaces we run the risk of constant exposure to these super bugs viruses like H1N1. Mitch played high school and college football; over the years I can’t tell you how many times the locker room would create an environment where more that 50% of the team and coaches got sick. Those that weren’t ill either had immunity or took the time to prevent the bugs from spreading into their system. Jody has always kept a spotless and germ free home. With all our moves (we’re in our 19th house), I can count on one hand with fingers left over the number of times we’ve been out of commission due to viral exposure.
Take the time to learn about our Veridien and HealthLink alcohol based products that will keep you, your family and your colleagues’ safe in this germ infested world. My three healthy and happy granddaughters, Katy, Marie and Anne are benefiting from these products your family should also benefit. Wipe down the toys and games that your kids and their friends play with, wipe down the gym equipment you use, both before and after use. Keep your car bacteria free, also around your seat on planes, trains and your commuter bus. Your phones and computers also need to be wiped down.
Keep healthy and kill viruses before the interact with your biological system,