Unfortunately there have been two confirmed deaths from H1N1 in the state of Missouri. A 24 year old woman from Independence died in September, and a 44 year old man from St. Louis County died in May. It was believed they had no pre-existing conditions or illnesses that contributed to their passing. In the United States there have been 723 deaths to date due to swine flu.
The state of Missouri has confirmed 404 swine flu cases. These are not real numbers of the amount of people in Missouri who have had swine flu. Many doctors and hospitals have stopped doing routine flu tests on all patients. If someone comes in with flu type symptoms it is being assumed that they do in fact have H1N1 flu. For the most part only patients that require hospitalization are actually being tested.
Fever (some people have no fever)
Vomiting or diarrhea
Stuffy or runny nose
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been recommending people who believe they are sick with swine flu to stay home, expect to see their doctor. Doctors can prescribe antiviral drugs to prevent serious complications if you are seen with-in the first 48 hours. Many healthy people recover fine at home without seeing their doctor.
When going to the doctor or emergency room you should refrain from coughing and sneezing around people. Remember to cough or sneeze into your elbow and not your hand. When you arrive ask for a mask to wear while waiting to be seen.
Reasons to Visit a Local Emergency Room
Skin turns any shade of blue
Trouble breathing or pressure in your chest
Experiencing confusion or are dizzy
Symptoms become worse after you think you are well
Not drinking or eating enough
A rash develops with a fever
Sleeping too much or becoming lethargic
H1N1 has been spreading all summer, a time when people do not normally get the flu. Now that it is getting colder and winter is approaching many more people could start getting sick.
Ways to Help Prevent the Spread of Swine Flu
Coughing or sneezing into your elbow, not your hands
Washing your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap
Washing your elbow or arm if you have been coughing into it
Use an alcohol based hand sanitizers
Staying home when sick, except for doctor visits
Washing surfaces that come into contact with people (door knobs, tables, toys and the like)
A vaccination should be available in October
Over all the State of Missouri has been trying to keep the citizens up-to-date about the H1M1 Flu on their website and telling people how to prevent the spread. But many local new stations throughout the state have not been providing adequate coverage.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services