By Julie Stachowiak, PhD
Multiple Sclerosis Guide; Guest blogger
A Reuters article says that the European Center for Disease Control and Prevention (ECDC) is warning that the fact that new cases of H1N1 swine flu are lessening could mean that other flu viruses will start showing up.
Experts say that historically after influenza pandemics, there tend to be new unknown flu viruses that start circulating. They also point out that the pandemic influenza viruses have historically come back after an apparent decline to infect lots more people.
What does this all mean? A couple of things:
- People should go ahead and get the H1N1 vaccine if they haven't done so yet. It should be easy to find these days and most places have lifted any restriction (such as being age 65 and older), so that anyone can get vaccinated.
- If your child only got one dose, they should get their second dose.
- If you haven't gotten your seasonal flu vaccine, get that one, too.
- Continue to follow all of the common-sense cold and flu season precautions, such as staying home if you are sick, washing your hands often and coughing into your elbow.