Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Update: Swine Flu in Israel


A 31 - year - old man from Ashdod is marking Israel's 42nd swine flu victim. The young man died although he was totally healthy and did not even smoke.

So far, 17,000 Israelis have received the vaccination against the swine flu (according to the daily "Israel Hayom").


  1. Today is Tuesday, I had the vaccination on Thursday, and I feel fine, thank G-d. My arm is still a tad sore. The other nurses I know either had no side effects beyond a sore arm, or, as I did, had one slightly "sickish" day followed by a return to normal.

    Another one of the pediatric residents turns out to have been ill with H1N1, but ultimately missed only two days of work, having continued on the job with a slight cough and sniffles (and a mask) before he had reason to suspect it was swine flu. All of a sudden, on Friday, he said he had chills, and discovered he had a slight fever (37.6). Today he was back at work, looking and feeling fine, not even any sniffles.

    If everyone got it like this, there'd be no need for reasonably healthy people to consider vaccination, but there have been several disturbing exceptions of young, healthy people who simply die from it, ch"vsh.

  2. B"H

    A girl from our bakery had it and she was fine after a week.

    Well, all depends on you each individual.

  3. B"H

    I hear so many people coughing and sneezing and it is impossible to keep away form everyone. Not everybody has the swine flu but we cannot just lock ourselves up and not touch anything.

    How do they treat these cases in the hospitals. They hand out anti - Biotics and then they send you home or how does it work ?

  4. If there is reason to suspect H1N1, we start Tamiflu, put the patient in isolation, and send swabs to the lab. If the tests come back negative, and if the patient is healthy enough to go home, we release them. If the flu test is positive, we continue Tamiflu for a fixed period of time, and if the patient is stable and well enough to go home, we send them home with a prescription for Tamiflu. Of course, anyone who is too ill to be released stays in until they get better.

    Stay healthy!