The recent reports of swine flu on the Isle of Man have turned out to be false. Isle of Man health chiefs made a statement on www.isleofman.com to clarify the situation.
Director of Public Health, Dr P Kishore, has advised the residents of the Isle of Man to get a flu vaccination as soon as possible to help reduce risk of infection to the most vulnerable people in society, i.e. pregnant women and children, should swine flu happen to spread this winter.
“In Isle of Man we do not routinely test for the type of virus causing influenza (testing is unnecessary to treat the patient but is purely for research/ epidemiology purposes) and there have been no confirmed cases of H1N1 in the Isle of Man recently” – Dr P Kishore
The weather is currently changing and cold weather is expected very soon which will increase the spread of the flu virus as immune systems suffer the effects of the cold. In the last few weeks across the UK more people have started consulting GP with possible flu symptoms. This is very common at this time of year and does not indicate the appearance of swine flu or any other serious flu strain.
“Get Vaccinated of Be Treated in Intensive Care”
A stark warning from the Isle and Man director of public health, Dr. Parameswaran Kishore. Many people have not opted for a vaccine even though the risks were announced over a year ago.
“Since WHO has predicted that H1N1 is likely to be the commonest cause of Seasonal Flu this year, and since H1N1 causes severe illness in pregnant women, we decided to highlight these. This is with a view to encouraging people to receive the vaccine.”
Once again the public have become complacent with vaccinations which is furthering the spread of deadly disease. We are seeing more cases of people travelling to tropical countries and returning with serious illnesses, more cases of measles, mumps and rubella and increased cases of swine flu, simply because people make an ill informed decision to not get vaccinated.