Tag Archives: Influenza A (H1N1)

247 Flu Cases and Counting


Total Confirmed – 247; New Cases – 54

Gender: Males – 25; Females – 29

Age Range: 5-70 yrs. old

Nationalities: 52 Filipinos, 2 Foreigners

Total Discharged – 85

Newly Discharged – 14


  • 194 Inluenza-like Illness Cases (As of June 12); 20 confirmed
  • Affected Brangays: 1) Hilera (no. of cases decreasing; 2) Pakul; 3) Lambakin
  • Intervention: 1) School Closure, 2) Active Disease Surveillance, 3) Health Education, 4) Social Distancing


  • 49 ILI Cases; 8 Confirmed
  • Affected Barangays: 1) Bambang (23 ILI found);, Sta. Ana (7 ILI found); 3) Matungas
  • Intervention: Epidemiologic Investigation On-Going


  • Total: 35,928
  • Deaths: 163
  • No. Of Countries Reporting: 76


What are the signs and symptoms of this virus in humans?

• Similar to the symptoms of regular flu such as:
• Fever
• Headache
• Fatigue
• Muscle or joint pains
• Lack of appetite
• Runny nose
• Sore throat
• Cough

• Some cases have reported diarrhea, nausea and vomiting.

How does Influenza A(H1N1) virus spread?

• Coughing or sneezing by people with influenza

• Touching things with flu viruses on it and then touching one’s mouth, nose or eyes

Can I get infected with Influenza A(H1N1) from eating or preparing pork?

• No, you can’t get influenza A(H1N1) by eating properly handled and thorough cooked pork and pork products
• The virus is killed by cooking temperatures of 160 F/70 C.

What is the incubation period?

• 7 to 10 days from the time of exposure to the first onset of signs and symptoms

How long can an infected person spread Influenza A(H1N1) to others?

• Infected person maybe contagious from one day before they develop symptoms to up to 7 days after they get sick. Children might potentially be contagious for longer periods.

Are there medicines to treat infection with AH1N1?

Yes. Oseltamivir or zanamivir are the recommended drugs to treat and or prevent infection with this virus. You have to consult a doctor before using these drugs to avoid resistance.

Is there prophylaxis for the Influenza A(H1N1)?

Yes. For further information refer to Interim Guideline # 1.

Is vaccine available to protect people from getting infected with AH1N1?

No, at present there is no vaccine against this virus.

How can we prevent the spread of the virus?

1. Observe proper personal hygiene:

• Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing

• Wash hands regularly with soap and water, at least for 20 seconds (or use alcohol-based hand sanitizers) especially after handling patients and specimen, before and after eating, after using the toilet and as necessary.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.

2. Increase your body’s resistance

• Have at least 8 hours of sleep
• Be physically active
• Manage your stress
• Drink plenty of fluids
• Eat nutritious food, especially fruits and vegetables

3. Social distancing.

• Avoid crowded places.
• Avoid close contact with sick people.
• Stay home if you are sick until you are free from symptoms to prevent the spread of the virus.

What to do if somebody gets sick?

• If there is flu like symptoms, consult the doctor immediately.
• Report to the proper health authorities .

The following DOH Hospitals are designated as Referral Centers for Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases like Influenza A(H1N1):

National Referral Center
Research for Tropical Medicine (RITM)
Alabang, Muntinlupa, Metro Manila
Tel No. 809-7599

Sub-national Referral Centers

A. Luzon and Metro Manila

San Lazaro Hospital
Quiricada St., Sta. Cruz, Manila
Tel. No. (02) 732-3776 to 78

Lung Center of the Philippines
Quezon Avenue, Quezon City
Tel. No. (02) 924-6101/Fax No.:924-0707

B. Visayas

Vicente Sotto Medical Center
Cebu City
Tel. No. (032) 253-9891/254-0057

C. Mindanao

Davao Medical Center
Bajada, Davao City
Tel. No. (082) 227-2731

Satellite Referral Hospitals

Regional Hospitals/Medical Centers of 16 regions (list down the 16 regional hospitals)

Mariano Marcos Memorial Hosp. and Medical Center
Batac, Ilocos Norte
(077) 792-3144; 792-5002; 792-5051

Cagayan Valley Medical Center
Tuguegarao, Cagayan
(078) 844-3789; 844-1410; 844-0033; 0917-9356201

Jose B. Lingad Memorial General Hospital
San Fernando, Pampanga
(045) 961-3921; 961-3380; 961-3363

Batangas Regional Hospital
Batangas City, Batangas
(043) 723-0911; 980-1743

Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital
Legaspi City, Albay
(052) 483-0016; 483-0015; 480-0635; 483-0808

Western Visayas Medical Center
Mandurriao, Iloilo City, Iloilo
(033) 321-1797; 321-0638; 321-2841

Western Visayas Regional Hospital
Bacolod City
(03) 433-2697 435-1591 loc. 241

Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center
Magsaysay Blvd., Tacloban City
(053) 321-133; 321-3129; 321-2816; 325-8438

Zamboanga City Medical Center
Zamboanga City
(062) 991-2934

Northern Mindanao Medical Center
Cagayan de Oro City
(08822) 728-829; 723-735
(088) 858-4064
(0917) 950-4287
(0918) 534-5333

Cotabato Regional and Medical Center
Cotabato City, North Cotabato
(064) 421-2192; 421-2340 local 103

Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center
Baguio City
(074) 442-3165

Caraga Regional Hospital
Surigao City, Surigao del Norte
(086) 231-7090; 826-2459; 826-3157

If you have flu like symptoms and history of travel to Influenza A(H1N1) affected countries/areas, immediately consult a doctor.

For more information on Influenza A(H1N1), call (02) 711-1001 or 711-1002

Source of info here

Why are we hung up on handwashing and the Happy Birthday Song

Children are exposed to germs that cause a number of illnesses when they are in crowded areas like school where they’d be sharing or holding the same infected things and surfaces.

It’s also inevitable when a student would accidentally sneeze right after your kid. We can’t always shield our children from the possible sources of infection. But we can always do something about it. We can tell them to observe simple rules of cleanliness.

Like my kids, I let them bring a small container of alcohol or a hand sanitizer just in case there is no water in school to wash their hands before and after snack and lunch time. Aside from their hanky, I also put some tissue papers inside their bags.

And I remind them without fail to drink plenty of water while in school not just to quench their thirst or replenish lost body fluids due to excessive sweating caused by physical activity, but also to flush out toxins in their young body.

DOH preventive measures

The DOH issued a guideline for school administrators to prevent and control the potential spread of the Influenza A(H1N1) in schools.

The Guideline, which can be accessed at the DOH Website, outlines the steps and preventive measures that include:

* educating students on Influenza AH1N1
* promoting handwashing
proper cough etiquette and good hygiene among students
* ensuring the availability of facilities for hand hygiene and sanitation
* organizing infection control teams
* and reporting of increasing incidence of influenza-like illness among students, faculty and non-teaching staff.

What is the proper way to wash you hands?

Rub your hands together vigorously and scrub all surfaces: Lather up on both sides of your hands, your wrists, between your fingers, and around your nails. Wash for 15 seconds — about how long it takes to sing “Happy Birthday.”