Swine Flu: First Death in U.S. is a Toddler — Deaths Due to Influenza Happen Every Year

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Federal officials said it may take until January to get a vaccine.

As a follow up to Monday night’s post on Swine Flu, Dr. Gillin said this morning, “As you know, there has been the first death- in a toddler. Again, time will tell. Every year we have deaths of infants, children, and adults due to influenza. Time will tell whether this flu is acting like a typical flu in the U.S., or anything more.”

According to the Associated Press, the U.S.’s first death due to Swine Flu was a 23-month-old who had recently travelled from Mexico to Texas. Read more here.

Google is tracking Swine Flu outbreaks. Click here to see the map.

Please remember Dr. Gillin’s advice, “Use good hygiene and common sense. Wash hands, and do not come close to individuals who are sick. Please do not go to work or school if you have had a fever or Flu-like symptoms within the last 24 hours.”

photo_gillinShakha Gillin, M.D., F.A.A.P. attended UCSD for her undergraduate education and medical school (and if she looks familiar that’s because she’s the twin sister of Breezy go-to dermatoligist Dr. Vi). She practiced pediatrics in La Jolla for 5 years before joining El Camino Pediatrics. She has also worked in private practice in Newport Beach and in the Rady Children’s Hospital Emergency Department.

Dr. Shakha Gillin has a special interest in preventative care, particularly healthy and active lifestyles for children. She was recognized by San Diego Magazine as a “Top Doctor” in 2006, 2007 and 2008. She also organizes the North County Pediatric Journal Club, a bimonthly meeting where local pediatricians discuss the latest pediatric medical topics.

breezy_deal1Breezy Note: Dr. Gillin noted that information is continuously changing on Swine Flu. Breezy Mama will be checking in with her for updates for the latest information. Either check back here, or subscribe (it’s free) to be alerted via email for any new posts:

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