question

troyharper

DA Meatball
Posts
3,225
Reaction
1,084
Theres gonna be a race!
 

GunnSlinger

Captain Backpack
Posts
4,875
Reaction
702
.... might want to change the title of the thread ..... but .... great question non the less
 

dezertgirl

"RDC's Social Butterfly"
Posts
2,312
Reaction
139
Thats a pretty legit question. Is there a vaccine for this? Will the regular Flu vaccine work?
No there is not a vaccine currently for this and the regular flu vaccine won't work because they make the vaccines based on last years flu virus.

At least this is what the news said last night.
 

<Cody Agee>

Whippersnapper!
Posts
1,184
Reaction
160
i heard there is a pill and they have produced over 12 million so far over the last month or week or something in that nature
 

NIKAL

Well-Known Member
Posts
3,759
Reaction
1,349
Part of an article by the AP
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/med_swine_flu

Dr. Richard Besser, acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said a new U.S. travel advisory was being prepared suggesting "nonessential travel to Mexico be avoided." Besser said about 11 million doses of flu-fighting drugs from a federal stockpile have been sent to states in case they are needed. That's roughly one quarter of the doses in the stockpile, he said. There is no vaccine available to prevent the specific strain now being seen, he said, but some antiflu drugs do work once someone is sick."

I believe most of the flu cases found are in Mexico City and not in Baja. Only 40 people in the US have been found with this flu and 39 of these people were found to have traveled to Mexico within 10 days of getting sick.
 

TreyP

"F" you Bill
Posts
4,398
Reaction
615
Considering that the majority of the cases are in Mexico City and none have been reported in Baja at this time, I don't think it will have any effect on the race. It just depends on how fast or far it progresses. There isn't a vaccine, but there is a treatment for it.

edit: Cody and Todd beat me to it.
 

cbrdoll

Resident Cougar
Posts
213
Reaction
54
Im just hearing your regular flu shot is not good, but tamilflu may be.....still reading/hearing more....we supposedly have 8 peeps being tested for swine flu here in the Coachella Valley
 

dezertgirl

"RDC's Social Butterfly"
Posts
2,312
Reaction
139
Well then the answer to this question really will have to be answered in the future as they find more cases and decide what level of danger it really imposes. The news this morning also said the cases found in the US are not nearly as severe as the cases in Mexico.

Let's keep our fingers crossed that people wash their hands and keep healthy so they keep the borders open and don't restrict travel to Mexico because of this!!
 

troyharper

DA Meatball
Posts
3,225
Reaction
1,084
Dont kiss swine while your in Baja! DUH!
 

DSRacing

Mini Metal MOD
Posts
3,442
Reaction
326
It takes up to six months to develop a flu vaccine and have enough of a supply to be distributed to the public. A couple of bio-tech companies think they might be able to lower that time frame to a few months but their development techniques are still experimental.
 

Racer21(Roberto)

Well-Known Member
Posts
731
Reaction
31
No one who is an American has died from this Flu. Just Mexicans, so if you get it, and bring it to the U.S., you could be treated.

Eat your own food, stay in your own trailer/motorhome, wash your hands a lot, and have fun, if your worried about it.
 

nimrod

KOOK!
Posts
6,951
Reaction
2,820
Americans are coming home with it from Cancun and some other resorts but so far Baja is clean.....

They are testing for possible cases in Riverside.........


Sounds like Baja just might be the place to be!
 

sidekicker

RIP Lusk & Ox
Posts
3,521
Reaction
218
they r still deicde for new course for baja 500?
 

Baja Fool

Well-Known Member
Posts
1,851
Reaction
431
Here's some info on the current situation....


Q: How do I protect myself and my family?

A: For now, take commonsense precautions. Cover your coughs and sneezes, with a tissue that you throw away or by sneezing into your elbow rather than your hand. Wash hands frequently; if soap and water aren't available, hand gels can substitute. Stay home if you're sick and keep children home from school if they are.

Q: How easy is it to catch this virus?

A: Scientists don't yet know if it takes fairly close or prolonged contact with someone who's sick, or if it's more easily spread. But in general, flu viruses spread through uncovered coughs and sneezes or — and this is important — by touching your mouth or nose with unwashed hands. Flu viruses can live on surfaces for several hours, like a doorknob just touched by someone who sneezed into his hand.

Q: In Mexico, officials are handing out face masks. Do I need one?

A: The CDC says there's not good evidence that masks really help outside of health care settings. It's safer just to avoid close contact with someone who's sick and avoid crowded gatherings in places where swine flu is known to be spreading. But if you can't do that, CDC guidelines say it's OK to consider a mask — just don't let it substitute for good precautions.

Q: Is swine flu treatable?

A: Yes, with the flu drugs Tamiflu or Relenza, but not with two older flu medications.

Q: Is there enough?

A: Yes. The federal government has stockpiled enough of the drugs to treat 50 million people, and many states have additional stocks. As a precaution, the CDC has shipped a quarter of that supply to the states to keep on hand just in case the virus starts spreading more than it has so far.

Q: Should I take Tamiflu as a precaution if I'm not sick yet?

A: No. "What are you going to do with it, use it when you get a sniffle?" asks Dr. Marc Siegel of New York University Langone Medical Center and author of "Bird Flu: Everything you Need To Know About The Next Pandemic." Overusing antiviral drugs can help germs become resistant to them.

Q: How big is my risk?

A: For most people, very low. Outside of Mexico, so far clusters of illnesses seem related to Mexican travel. New York City's cluster, for instance, consists of students and family members at one school where some students came back ill from spring break in Mexico.

Q: Why are people dying in Mexico and not here?

A: That's a mystery. First, understand that no one really knows just how many people in Mexico are dying of this flu strain, or how many have it. Only a fraction of the suspected deaths have been tested and confirmed as swine flu, and some initially suspected cases were caused by something else.

Q: Should I cancel my planned trip to Mexico?

A: The U.S. did issue a travel advisory Monday discouraging nonessential travel there.

Q: What else is the U.S., or anyone else, doing to try to stop this virus?

A: The U.S. is beginning limited screening of travelers from Mexico, so that the obviously sick can be sent for treatment. Other governments have issued their own travel warnings and restrictions. Mexico is taking the biggest steps, closings that limit most crowded gatherings. In the U.S., communities with clusters of illness also may limit contact — New York closed the affected school for a few days, for example — so stay tuned to hear if your area eventually is affected.

Q: What are the symptoms?

A: They're similar to regular human flu — a fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people also have diarrhea and vomiting.

Q: How do I know if I should see a doctor? Maybe my symptoms are from something else — like pollen?

A: Health authorities say if you live in places where swine flu cases have been confirmed, or you recently traveled to Mexico, and you have flulike symptoms, ask your doctor if you need treatment or to be tested. Allergies won't cause a fever. And run-of-the-mill stomach bugs won't be accompanied by respiratory symptoms, notes Dr. Wayne Reynolds of Newport News, Va., spokesman for the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Q: Is there a vaccine to prevent this new infection?

A: No. And CDC's initial testing suggests that last winter's flu shot didn't offer any cross-protection.

Q: How long would it take to produce a vaccine?

A: A few months. The CDC has created what's called "seed stock" of the new virus that manufacturers would need to start production. But the government hasn't yet decided if the outbreak is bad enough to order that.

Q: What is swine flu?

A: Pigs spread their own strains of influenza and every so often people catch one, usually after contact with the animals. This new strain is a mix of pig viruses with some human and bird viruses. Unlike more typical swine flu, it is spreading person-to-person. A 1976 outbreak of another unusual swine flu at Fort Dix, N.J., prompted a problematic mass vaccination campaign, but that time the flu fizzled out.

Q: So is it safe to eat pork?

A: Yes. Swine influenza viruses don't spread through food.

Now, let's go racing!
 

Jorge Rodriguez

50% tortoise 50% hare
Posts
3,672
Reaction
621
no cases in baja still....although today they closed daycares and schools...so we'll see what happens by then....mouth protectors to say the least....
 
Top