Flu Prevention Saint James 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

Sheila F Natbony
(631) 586-2700
300 Bay Shore Rd
North Babylon, NY
Diane Cymerman
(631) 751-6262
620 Belle Terre Road
Stony Brook, NY
EUGENE GERARDI, MD
(516) 938-7676
1171 Old Country Road
Plainview, NY
BRUCE EDWARDS, MD
(516) 933-1125
700 Old Country Road
Plainview, NY
John Fitzgerald Byrne, MD
120 N Country Rd
Port Jefferson, NY
Irena Veksler-Offengenden
(203) 259-7070
55 Walls Dr
Fairfield, CT
Atul Navnitlal Shah
(631) 395-5464
2 Coraci Blvd
Shirley, NY
JULIE TSAI, MD
(631) 444-1111
33 Research Way
East Setauket, NY
STEVEN WEISS, MD
(516) 921-2267
175 Jericho Turnpike
Syosset, NY
RICHARD CLARK, MD
(631) 444-4200
181 N Belle Mead Road
East Setauket, 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
- Health Benefits of Red Wine Saint James NY
New research is uncovering the disease-prevention secrets of a polyphenol called resveratrol, one of compounds in red wine that seems to improve health. Although the benefits have been touted for years, researchers weren't sure how polyphenols, and resveratrol in particular, worked in the body.
- Health Issues in Childhood Saint James NY
- Spider Vein Prevention for Women Saint James NY
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Saint James NY
- How to Prevent Spider Veins Saint James NY
- Nail Fungus Infections Saint James NY
- Migraine Headache Saint James NY
- Hair Loss Treatment Saint James NY
- Follow Up After Skin Cancer Saint James NY
- Colon Cancer Prevention Saint James NY