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Swine-origin Influenza A (H1N1) Resources

Several internet resources provide excellent up to date information for:

General Medicine  |   Pediatricians  |   OB/GYN providers  |   Patients

General Medicine

Excellent resources are available at the following websites. Some websites (especially WHO and CDC) are now experiencing enough traffic to slow down and in peak hours may fail to load properly.

1. CDC swine flu website

The frequently updated central site for the tracking of the epidemic which includes provider and Patient Information. The site provides daily updated case statistics and a frequently updated "What's New Section". 

The Guidance for Providers/Professionals section includes information regarding management of special situations and populations (pregnancy, children, laboratories, EMS staff, emergency use authorization, how to obtain/send diagnostic tests, airlines, hospitals, etcetera)

Case definitions as well as recommendations for treatment and prophylaxis are updated frequently and now include recommendations for pregnant women and children. 

2. DHEC swine flu site

This site provides local swine flu data and recommendations for the public including information how to find your local public health department .

3. DHEC health alert network notifications

This site provides newest Health Alerts, Health Advisories, and Health Updates from the federal health alert network aimed at providers.

4. Pandemicflu.gov — Health & Human Services website

5. Wikepedia's tracking of the current status of the pandemic

Peer generated, without stringent review, excellent graphic representation of the current spread.

6. Live Google Maps — Mapping of cases with information regarding individual cases

7. WHO website

WHO website with good review of the international situation and response.  This site also has a very good "Frequently asked question" section for patients

Patient Information

CDC Patient Information

The site provides teaching audio and visual aids and comments on topics including

 

DHEC website— Provides local updates

DHEC Patient Information
Information regarding swine flu including information in Spanish and information for kids

Information for Pediatricians

The CDC case definition and treatment recommendation document now incorporate information for treatment of children <1 year of age

Treatment recommendations for children were first issued April 28 and are expected to be updated on a regular basis

Use of certain unapproved tests and off label use of antiviral medication has been authorized through a Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) letter issued by the FDA

Information for OB/Gyn Providers

The CDC case definition and treatment recommendation document now incorporate information for treatment of pregnant women

Treatment recommendations for pregnant women were first issued April 28 and are expected to be updated on a regular basis

Use of certain unapproved tests and off label use of antiviral medication has been authorized through a Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) letter issued by the FDA

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