Flu Prevention Corning NY

Medications, personal hygiene, mask-wearing and quarantines all help prevent the spread of viral infections such as the flu, and researchers now suggest that the latter three strategies should be given more attention in plans to deal with pandemics.

Local Companies

Strauss Raphael E MD
(631) 588-4486
900 Main St
Holbrook, NY
Evans Timothy MD
(585) 922-8370
220 Alexander St Ste 406
Rochester, NY
Allergy & Asthma Care Center
(718) 816-8200
896 Targee St
Staten Island, NY
Smith Christopher MD
(607) 733-5086
216 W Gray St
Elmira, NY
Advanced Allergy and Asthma Care Pllc
(631) 425-0808
158 E Main St
Huntington, NY
Donna Renee Sandidge, MD
607-936-9971
130 Center Way
Corning, NY
Allergic & Asthmatic Diagnosis & Treatment Center
(516) 766-0402
165 N Village Ave
Rockville Centre, NY
Simon Sidney DO
(516) 686-3700
Northern Blvd
Old Westbury, NY
Reiss Noah MD PC
(518) 393-8898
108 N Ballston Ave
Schenectady, NY
Mount Sinai School of Medicine Faculty Practice Associates
(212) 241-5548

New York, NY
Data Provided by:
  

Provided By:

TUESDAY, Sept. 22 (HealthDay News) -- Medications, personal hygiene, mask-wearing and quarantines all help prevent the spread of viral infections such as the flu, and researchers now suggest that the latter three strategies should be given more attention in plans to deal with pandemics.

In an update of a 2007 study, Dr. Tom Jefferson of the Cochrane Acute Respiratory Infections Group in Rome, Italy, and colleagues reviewed the results of 59 studies that looked at the effectiveness of strategies to reduce the spread of viral germs that cause respiratory diseases such as the flu and SARS. The new review appears online Sept. 22 in BMJ.

The researchers looked at studies that compared a number of strategies (quarantine/isolation, distancing sick people from healthy people through other methods, better hygiene) with other interventions, or doing nothing.

The review found that wearing gloves, gowns and masks is effective, and so is hand washing more than 10 times a day. The strategies are even more effective when people use more than one of them.

Jefferson's team also found that the highest quality studies reported that the spread of diseases can be lowered through hygiene in households and among young children.

The researchers found only limited evidence that so-called N95 facial masks, which are uncomfortable and expensive, are better than simple surgical masks.

Also, they noted that it is unclear whether people need to add antiseptics to normal soap and water.

The researchers called for national school programs to encourage hand washing and stressed that gloves, gowns, masks and isolation of certain patients are all appropriate when there's high risk that the respiratory diseases will spread.

"More resources should be invested into studying which physical interventions are the most effective, flexible and cost-effective means of minimizing the impact of acute respiratory tract infections," the study authors concluded.

More information

Learn more about preventing flu transmission from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

SOURCE: BMJ, news release, Sept. 22, 2009

Copyright © 2009 ScoutNews, LLC. All rights reserved.

Read Article at HealthDay.com

Related Articles
- Migraine Headache Corning NY
Americans spend in excess of $4 billion dollars a year on over the counter pain relievers and 25% of those are for the relief of pain from headaches. That is a great deal of money, but worse then money is all of the chemical in balances you are causing in your body by taking all of these drugs. These in balances can cause serious health problems for you. If medicine is not the answer for you, you may want to consider prevention of these horrible headaches.
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Corning NY
- Follow Up After Skin Cancer Corning NY
- Colon Cancer Prevention Corning NY
- Health Benefits of Red Wine Corning NY
- Nail Fungus Infections Corning NY
- Spider Vein Prevention for Women Corning NY
- How to Prevent Spider Veins Corning NY
- Hair Loss Treatment Corning NY
- Health Issues in Childhood Corning NY