Flash FAX : 2010-02-16 - INFLUENZA UPDATE THROUGH FEBRUARY 6, 2010

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February 16, 2010

INFLUENZA UPDATE THROUGH FEBRUARY 6, 2010: The CDC recently reported on
      the degree of current influenza activity in the United States and the
      overall impact of the H1N1 epidemic.  Since April 2009, the CDC estimates
      that there have been 57 million cases of infection due to H1N1, 257,000
      hospitalizations and 11,690 deaths.  For pediatrics, the CDC estimates 19
      million cases of infection in the 0-17 year old age group, 82,000
      hospitalizations and 1,230 deaths.  Keep in mind that these are all
      estimates based upon the likelihood of “under-ascertainment” as a cause of
      lower reported numbers.  It is known that there have been 324 laboratory
      confirmed pediatric deaths due to H1N1, 48 were confirmed as influenza but
      the precise type is undetermined and two were due to seasonal influenza
      strains.  Overall disease activity remains low in the United States with
      Influenza Like Illness rates noted to be elevated in three of 10 US
      regions.  A final quote from the CDC:  These viruses remain similar to the
      virus chosen for 2009 H1N1 vaccine, and remain susceptible to the
      antiviral drugs oseltamivir and zanamivir, with rare exception.

MOLYBDENUM 99 SHORTAGE: Due to a worldwide shut down of two major    reactors that produce Molybdenum 99, needed to produce Tc99m, a  radiopharmaceutical used in nuclear medicine scans, our supplier cannot  guarantee delivery of Tc99m from March 22 through April 2.  During this time, our ability to perform most scans will be severely limited.  This impacts our ability to
perform bone scans, brain scans, lung perfusion or ventilation,
liver/spleen scans and hepatobiliary, testicular and renal scans.  We will
keep you posted of the status, but be advised that unless something
changes, there will be an impact.  Questions?  Call Elizabeth Ey, MD, at
937-641-3393 or Joanne Hand at 937-641-3491.

YOU’RE INVITED TO ATTEND A COMMUNITY CONVERSATION: At Dayton Children’s,
      we know you share our commitment to caring for the region’s children – the
      265,000 reasons we come to work every day.  That’s the number of children
      each year who benefit from the specialized pediatric care available right
      here in our community. While the local, state and national economies are
      still facing challenges, Dayton Children’s is working to meet the needs of
      kids today and well into the future.  However, there is still a lot of
      work needed to continue to grow and thrive so that we can deliver the best
      health care to children in our region.  We want to hear from you!  We
      invite you to join in a community conversation about Dayton Children’s,
      our role in the community and how we can better work with you to improve
      pediatric health care in the Dayton region.
      Please join us:
      Tuesday, March 2, 2010
      3:30 pm to 5:00 pm
      The Children’s Medical Center of Dayton
      Outpatient Conference Rooms
      Lower Level
      Please RSVP via e-mail at saundersj@childrensdayton.org or by calling
      Jessica Saunders at 937-641-3385 by Friday, February 26.

 

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