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Working in a high school in Queens, New York is not one of the safest jobs these days. Since the the "outbreak" of swine flu in the United States, I have been dealing with a hysterical school community. Since more schools have closed due to the Swine Flu, the hysteria has gotten larger. Lucky for us (knock on wood), none of our extended school family has gotten sick. And Mayor Mike and his staff have been unbelievable the past few days with all that has been happening.
We need to keep in mind that thousands of people die from the regular flu yearly across the United States with millions being infected by the flu virus. Those deaths are in our most vulnerable populations - the old, the young, and those with compromised immune systems. That's why many Americans receive flu shots yearly. Think about how you keep the regular flu at bay - washing your hands, staying away from the sick, keeping healthy, and not working when sick. We must keep this up.
If you are in a position that you must take one of the two anti-virals that treat the symptoms of the current swine flu almost-pandemic, keep this in mind:
- Tamiflu (oseltamivir) from Roche Laboratories for ages 1 and up is gluten-free.
- Relenza (zanamivir) from Glaxo SmithKline for ages 7 and up does not intentionally have gluten in their product, but cannot guarantee against cross-contamination.
Keep healthy (and gluten-free)