An ongoing dialogue on HIV/AIDS, infectious diseases,
June 8th, 2009
H1N1: A Tale of Two Practices
(Last week, one patient with fever and “suspected swine” — hard for people to shake that name — turned out to have … Lyme disease. Ah, New England in June.)
But for my wife, the pediatrician? There’s a full-blown epidemic out there, with outpatient visit volumes way up, and nearly continuous oseltamivir prophylaxis among her staff. As in mid-winter, she and her practice partners are routinely making the influenza diagnosis based on symptoms alone.
And while this report suggests the age cut-off for partial immunity to H1N1 is 60, I suspect strongly — based on our highly-anecdotal, two-doctor-family, completely non-scientific observation — that it’s going to turn out to be quite a bit younger.