Posts Tagged ‘flu’

Kaiser Hospital Employees Have Until December 14th to Get Flu Shots – Then It’ll Be Time for “Mandatory Masking” – Here’s Proof

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

As seen on O’Farrell:

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Oh the shame, the shame of being forced to wear a mask.

Does the San Francisco Dept of Public Health Pay Somebody to Drive Around a Diesel-Powered Mobile Billboard?

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

Yuuuuuup.

Is this how you roll, DPH?

I don’t know, I’m the last person who’s going to die from the flu so that’s why I don’t get a shot when the new doses come out every year. I’d be taking a shot from someone who needs it more than I, right?

Yes, this looks like a truck, but it doesn’t carry anything except the message on its side:

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Nice black power salute (or actually, blueredmustard-united power salute) motif tho, DPH. Very street, very gritty.*

In closing, I don’t know, is this how you roll, DPH? Really?

*In Marin, they use a family of cartoon cows, I’m seriously.

Ridiculous “Personal Belief Exemption” Spreads Whooping Cough in Marin County

Friday, May 28th, 2010

Here’s the thing about rich Marin County – the people there are generally healthy but the vaccination rate for kids isn’t as high as it used to be.  So the news of 2010 is how high the rate of whooping cough is in Marin. This is directly related to their substandard vaccination rate, with some schools leaving most of the student body unvaccinated.

What’s wrong with you people up there?

“Vaccination is based on the medical fallacy that our bodies are stupid,” said Corte Madera chiropractor[!] Donald Harte. “The truth is that the body has a nearly infinite capacity to protect itself against infection as well as other diseases. When I was a kid, everybody got measles, mumps or chicken pox, and nobody died.”

(O rly? Doctor Chiropractor, heal thyself. IRL, people died. Moving on…)

Comes now the Marin Immunization Coalition with a possible solution. You can see it here with the H1N1 ad campaign they put up on Golden Gate Transit buses:

So, instead of joining some No-Vaccine Movement because you heard about it over lunch in Mill Valley, you can Join the Herd and Build Community Immunity. The Bandwagon Effect that’s killing rich kids (with diseases that should have been wiped out by now) gets twisted around so that getting your kids their shots is a kind of movement all its own.

How about that?

Skype Video and Voice Calling Program Comes to UCSF Med Center and Children’s Hospital

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

The Future Is Now – virtual visits have come to UCSF. So now you can talk to your friend without having to worry about spreading the H1N1 flu or whatever else comes down the pike. Read all about it: 

UCSF Children’s Hospital and UCSF Medical Center have partnered with Skype to help connect hospital inpatients with family members and friends who are unable to visit in person. The innovative new collaboration is the first such partnershipbetween Skype and a hospital.

The Skype video and voice calling programis now available to all inpatients at the UCSF hospitals. Using designated laptop computers with Skype software delivered to the bedside, patients can have virtual visits with family and friends around the globe on a secure network. According to Lila Param, director of pediatric services at UCSF Children’s Hospital, Skype supports the healing process by overcoming geographical boundaries that can lead to a sense of isolation among patients.”

All the deets, after the jump

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As H1N1 Fears Subside, UCSF Hospitals are Once Again Open to Visiting Children

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

Those kids crowding Moffitt Cafe at UCSF Medical Center / Children’s Hospital will now have Run of the House, more or less, ’cause the restrictions against child visitors just got eliminated. So, as of yesterday, the place is, once again, totally wide open, more or less, to visitors aged 15 and less. 

Not sure what other local hospitals are thinking these days, but UCSF says that Influenza activity has decreased considerably lately. Read all about it, below.

Godzilla menaces this huge architect’s model of UCSF under a glass box, so he’s always safe from H1N1. But runaway tow trucks, well, that’s a different story:

Moffitt Cafe is now released from its ragamuffin daycare role so it can return to being a haven for law students, a place of escape where legal scholars are free to hit on medical and pharmacological students and/or professionals in a target-rich environment. (At least that’s how the cafeteria was used back in the 90′s.)

Forthwith, the News of the Day:

UCSF Lifts Hospital Visitor Policy Restricting Children

March 09, 2010

UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Children’s Hospital are lifting their visitor age restriction, which prohibited visitors younger than 16 years old. The visitor policy is being lifted effective March 9, 2010.

Dr. Joshua Adler, chief medical officer at UCSF, said he believes the policy, implemented in November, and other strategies, such as vaccination of UCSF personnel, helped reduce the risk of hospital-acquired influenza.

Influenza activity has decreased considerably so that risk is now quite low, Adler said. In the hospital units where age restrictions are not usually in place, children now may visit. Unit-specific age restrictions, such as those in the intensive care units, may remain in effect, according to unit-based policy.

A requirement, however, remains in effect until March 31 that health care workers, who have not been vaccinated against both H1N1 and seasonal influenza, must wear a surgical mask while in patient care areas.

Adler thanked employees for their diligent infection control measures during the flu season. Record numbers of UCSF employees, faculty, residents, and students received flu vaccines this year, he said.

Swine Flu Vaccination Conspiracy Theorists Descend Upon Our First Free H1N1 Shot Day

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

The long wait ended yesterday when San Francsico government workers and volunteers threw open the doors of the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in Civic Center yesterday morning in order to dose thousands of people for the H1N1 virus. See?

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photo from SFGate shows that it was pretty crowded early on, but later in the day you could have just walked right in.

But look who showed up to hand out literature and home-made CD-Roms: a crew of conspiracy buffs! (You know, when your JFK assassination and your 9-11 controlled demolition and your chemtrails conspiracy hobby starts to run out of steam, it’s nice to have something new to pamphlet about.)

Almost all of those in line took the flourescent yellow handbills, but a good portion dumped them off ASAP, thusly. Everything that’s not colored bright goldenrod, canary, saffron or paella is official government literature:

Conspiracy theorists love vaccination campaigns – just ask conspiracy-monger (and windmill hater) Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. about it, if you want.

And let’s hear from Louis Farrakhan:

“On 10/21/2009, Farrakhan told an audience in Memphis he believes the swine flu vaccine was developed to depopulate. During a gathering to observe the Nation of Islam’s Holy Day of Atonement, which also marked the 14th anniversary of the Million Man March in Washington, the (Memphis) Commercial Appeal reported Farrakhan as saying:

The Earth can’t take 6.5 billion people. We just can’t feed that many. So what are you going to do? Kill as many as you can. We have to develop a science that kills them and makes it look as though they died from some disease.”

O.K. then.

But the conspiracy people really need to use larger type next time. Srsly:

Thank Gaia this operation wasn’t called Virus Connect or Vaccine Connect or whatever. Yish.

Now I didn’t get a shot personally (as I don’t fit into any of the categories listed) but I hung out long enough to conclude that this was the best-run one-day government operation I’ve ever seen within the 47 square miles of San Francisco County.

San Francisco Welcomes Cruise Ship Celebrity Infinity, From Down Mexico Way

Sunday, May 10th, 2009

Well here she is, straight outta Fort Lauderdale, Florida via the Panama Canal, “steeped with prestige and elegance,” it’s 965 foot long Celebrity Infinity. Now you’d think that it’d have been nice for her to have stopped at Huatulco, Puerto Vallarta, and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico as originally planned, but worries over the Swine Flu (2500 Americans alone, and counting) put the kibosh on that. Oh well.

Welcome passengers! Please empty your pockets and leave, as so many have done before you. (I keed. I keed because I love.) But seriously, stay as long as you’d like – go AWOL if you want. Just stay away from those darn exploding canisters. And stay away from the Internet that costs 50 cents per minute. Ouch.

A big boat that’s almost too much for our little city to handle:

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Worries About Rain and H1N1 Flu Lower Turnout at Cinco de Mayo

Sunday, May 3rd, 2009

The turnout at today’s Cinco de Mayo Celebration in San Francisco’s Dolores Park was a bit subdued at the get-go yesterday morning. But things picked up a bit in the afternoon, when the rain let up a bit in the Mission District.

A performer heading north away from the park in the rain yesterday morning. Click to expand:

There were more people working the festival than actual attendees an hour after the start.

I’d forgotton all about the worry over the Swine Flu until seeing masks being worn at some food vendors:

Free cardiovascular health screenings and health management products from the American Society of Hypertension - well that’s a draw in itself:

See you next year!
MISSION NEIGHBORHOOD CENTERS PRESENTS
“San Francisco CINCO DE MAYO” at Dolores Park Saturday, May 2, 2009

SAN FRANSICO CINCO DE MAYO Festival is a wonderfully unique experience–Bring your picnic blanket and
entire family, including los abuelos/grandparents, to enjoy the sun, cultural entertainment, recreation and dramatic city view!

What: Mission Neighborhood Centers invite the entire bay area community to San Francisco’s CINCO DE
MAYO Festival, Saturday, May 2, 2009, 10a-6p at Dolores Park between 18th & 20thSt. — FREE all day Health
Screening, Cultural Entertainment, Kid’s Activities, Art/Crafts, Lucha Libre Wrestlers, Soccer Skills Camp and
Mission Dolores tour — a short walk from BART 16th St. Station and Muni/Light Rail Church/18th St. stop.
FREE hypertension health screening, sponsored by the American Society of Hypertension (ASH), including blood pressure, glucose, and cholesterol testing with onsite results and referrals —FREE health tools given away to adults and children while they last!

This Year’s Mascot: Cartoon Network’s “Scubby Doo” will be at the park taking pictures and giving paw-prints to dog lovers and the kids too! MNC’s festival’s goal is to promote education, healthy lifestyle and alternative resources for family/children by introducing new, “Health”, “Education” and “Going Green” sections featuring community non-profits, county/state agencies, and retail vendors along with our traditional/cultural arts/craft/food vendors—all in an alcohol-free environment.

The stage program will include Univision morning show “Al Despertar’s” delightful host, Kira Vilanova, as SF Cinco’s event mistress of ceremonies, as well as LA rockeros “Zhono” and “Futuro Picante”, Mariachis “Colima” and “Femenil Orgullo Mexicano”, Azteca/Folklorico Dance, illusionist “Anthony the Magic”, Soloist “Berta Olivia”, “Lucha Libre” personalities and more.

This event targets 10,000 families which is 4+ (parents, child+, and grandparent) via our outreach to SF Unified School District student/families, our multichannel media partners COMCAST, Univision KDTV14, TeleFutura 66, Radio LaKalle, general KISSfm, MOVINfm, and Green960am, print, web placement and transit partner BART via bay area wide electronic platform signs and more.

WHY: The event benefits the Mission Neighborhood Centers, Inc., Celebrating 50 years of Community Service
“1959-2009” (www.mncsf.org). Since 1959, MNC has provided a wide variety of social services through quality programs that promote self-sufficiency and community growth for the Mission District’s low-income residents through their Head Start, Youth Development and Senior Services Programs.
Event Sponsors: Mission Neighborhood Centers, Inc., SF Grants for the Arts, Comcast, American Society of
Hypertension, Wells Fargo, Western Union, SF Health Plan and more.

When: SATURDAY, MAY 2, 2009
10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Where: DOLORES PARK
18th & Dolores Street, San Francisco, CA

FREE EVENT
PROGRAM BEGINS AT 10:00 A.M.

THERE WILL BE FREE MUSIC, BALLET FOLKLORICO AND AZTEC DANCERS, ARTS AND
CRAFTS, BOOTHS AND MORE!

Swine Flu: SFO Would Like to Draw Your Attention to this Traveler’s Alert Health Notice

Monday, April 27th, 2009

San Francisco International Airport would like to hep you to what’s new about Swine Flu – specifically this notice from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:


TRAVELER’S HEALTH ALERT NOTICE

Risk of Swine Flu Associated with Travel to Affected Areas

Public health officials within the United States and throughout the world are investigating outbreaks of
swine influenza (swine flu).

Swine flu is a respiratory disease of pigs caused by a type A influenza virus that regularly causes
outbreaks of influenza among pigs. Swine flu viruses do not normally infect humans; however, human
infections with swine flu do occur. Public health officials have determined that this strain of swine flu virus
spreads from human to human and can cause illness.

The outbreak is ongoing and additional cases are expected. For more information concerning swine flu
infection, please see the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website:
http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/. For specific information on travel precautions and an update on the
affected areas, please visit: www.cdc.gov/travel.

The symptoms of swine flu in people are similar to the symptoms of seasonal flu in humans and may
include:
• Fever (greater than 100°F or 37.8°C)
• Sore throat
• Cough
• Stuffy nose
• Chills
• Headache and body aches
• Fatigue

Some people have reported diarrhea and vomiting associated with swine flu. Severe illness (pneumonia
and respiratory failure) and deaths have been reported with swine flu infection in people. Like seasonal
flu, swine flu may cause a worsening of underlying chronic medical conditions.

People entering the United States who are experiencing symptoms consistent with swine flu and have
traveled to an affected area (see http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/investigation.htm for affected areas), or
have been exposed to someone possibly infected with swine flu, during the last 7 days should report their
illnesses to their health care provider immediately and inform them of their recent travel.

People traveling from the United States to affected areas should be aware of the risk of illness with swine
flu and take precautions.
To prevent the spread of swine flu:
• Avoid contact with ill persons.
• When you cough or sneeze, cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or your sleeve (if you do
not have a tissue). Throw used tissues in a trash can.
• After you cough or sneeze, wash your hands with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based
hand gel.
• If you think you are ill with flu, avoid close contact with others as much as possible. Stay at
home or in your hotel room. Seek medical care if you are severely ill (such as having
trouble breathing). There are antiviral medications for prevention and treatment of swine
flu that a doctor can prescribe. Do not go to work, school, or travel while ill.

Swine Flu Travel Health Alert Notice
04-09
Safer • Healthier • People ™
For more information:
• Contact your local or state health department
• Visit http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/
• Contact CDC 24 Hours/Every Day
o 1-800-CDC-INFO (232-4636)
o TTY: (888) 232-6348
o cdcinfo@cdc.gov

U.S. Human Cases of Swine Flu Infection
(As of April 27, 2009 1:00 PM ET)
State # of laboratory
confirmed cases
California 7 cases
Kansas 2 cases
New York City 28 cases
Ohio 1 case
Texas 2 cases
TOTAL COUNT 40 cases
International Human Cases of Swine Flu Infection
See: World Health OrganizationExternal Web Site Policy.