“Swine” flu notice

I am posting this FYI – it is written for transplant patients but it should apply to anyone immmuncompromised.

NOTE:  I just found out my beingcancer email has been offline.  I apologize and will answers all emails shortly.

BMT InfoNet has received a number of inquiries from transplant patients and survivors about the swine flu. We’ve asked medical directors at transplant centers throughout the US what they are currently recommending for their patients and survivors. Nearly all have said that, at the moment, they are not recommending anything different than what they normally tell patients about infection prevention:
Avoid crowds if your immune system is still compromised – malls, crowded stores, theatres, churches, etc.
Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
Carry a gel-based disinfectant with you when in public and use it after touching things touched by people you don’t know like door knobs, elevator buttons and money.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
Avoid contact with sick people.
If you develop flu symptoms, call your doctor immediately, especially if your symptoms include a fever.
Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.
In addition, many are temporarily recommending against travel to Mexico, or contact with people who have recently travelled to Mexico.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is closely monitoring the swine flu and will alert the public if the situation warrants further action. You can find more information at the CDC website http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/swineflu_you.htm.

If BMT InfoNet learns of any additional precautions that pertain to transplant patients and survivors, we will pass that information along to you. As always, your best source of information is your doctor who knows your medical history best.

Best wishes,

Sue Stewart
Executive Director, BMT InfoNet

Blood and Marrow Transplant Information Network – (BMTInfoNet)
2310 Skokie Valley Rd Suite 104
Highland Park IL 60035
847 433 3313
847 433 4599 (fax)

BMT InfoNet….we’re with you every step of the way!


About Dennis Pyritz

Dennis W. Pyritz, RN, BA, BSN, has been a cancer nurse since 1987 and a cancer and bone marrow transplant survivor since 2004. In December 2001 he was diagnosed with t-cell prolymphocytic leukemia (T-PLL), a rare aggressive form of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). Dennis was treated with the then new monoclonal antibody, alemtuzumab (Campath) as this disease has a median survival of 7.5 months. He achieved a 26 month remission but relapsed in February 2004. He was retreated with Campath and went into a second remission. In August 2004 he underwent an allogeneic peripheral blood stem cell transplant with his brother, Mark, as donor. Dennis has remained in remission since - a near miracle. Throughout his career as cancer nurse and patient, Dennis has had the opportunity to speal to both lay and professional groups. Dennis has spoken on cancer topics and survival issues across the country as well as in the United Kingdom, Norway, Austria, Portugal, Honduras, Panama, Guatemala, Trinidad, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Cyrpus, Israel, and India.

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