This week an article by Science Daily outlined a study published in IOP Publishing’s Journal of Breath Research, where researchers invented a non-invasive breath test to measure the H1N1 strain (swine flu).
The researchers claim that over half of the people in Glasgow vaccinated during the 2009 swine flu pandemic were already infected with the flu virus, meaning they were vaccinated unnecessarily.
Scientists hope that a breath test will allow doctors to identify those who already sick, therefore allowing them to save the vaccine for people who are not yet infected.
Click on Play to hear what dentists had to say about precautions against pandemics such as the Swine Flu –
The changes the some of the dentists surveyed made were –
- More frequent hand washing and use of a hand sanitizer.
- Not treating patients who feel ill.
- Encouraging sick employees to stay home.
- Use of R95 face masks.
- Use of eye shields.
This fall students entering 7th – 12th grade must get a whooping cough vaccine within the first month of the school year in order to stay in school.
Have you made any changes at your dental practice to avoid infectious diseases like the swine flu or whooping cough?
For more on the swine flu breath test see ‘Swine Flu’ Breath Test Could Reduce Future Vaccination Shortages, Research Suggests.