It’s that time of year again. Local GP surgeries are contacting their most vulnerable patients now in the annual attempt at getting all ‘at risk’ groups immunised against current and potential strains of flu virus. I know, there’s a lot of guesswork among the science and it is impossible to cover for every manifestation of ‘flu’, but for those affected –the old and infirm, asthmatics etc., this national exercise can be a life saver.
Remember ‘Swine Flu’? July 2009 saw the beginning of the most recent global H1N1 influenza pandemic with around 30,000 confirmed cases reported in 74 countries, although unconfirmed cases make this outbreak undoubtedly more significant. The economic impact of influenza can be huge; the World Health Organisation estimated an H1N1 pandemic could cost the UK economy over £70 billion so any measures with the potential to limit the spread of viral infection are worthy of inclusion in an infection control strategy.
While the H1N1 viruses have continued to circulate since the pandemic, 2014 was the first year since 2009 that H1N1 was so predominant in the United States. Outbreaks of influenza caused by the H1N1 virus are a repeated threat. The contagious H1N1 virus spreads effectively between people and, due to widespread international travel, between countries.
Vaccination is just one method for keeping flu viruses at bay. Other preventative methods can be almost as important, and certainly there is a partnership to be had between medical treatment, basic personal hygiene, and ensuring our surroundings are as clean as we can reasonably make them.
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If you want to know more about how BioClad’s antimicrobial wall panels can help in reducing the incidences of bacteria, protozoans, fungi, and other microbes in critical hygiene areas of your building please give us a call!