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Swine Flu: What’s a Dentist to Do?

April 29th, 2009 · 3 Comments

Are you nervous? Swine flu has set the media into a frenzy, and the government is also saying some pretty serious stuff. The most recent facts:disease

For you to continue dentistry as usual, which is important in this faltering economy, you and your team members must put yourselves at risk every day. You have cause for concern, swine flu is a serious issue. DentalBlogs is here to provide you with the latest information from the ADA, WHO, CDC, and OSAP so that you can take measures to protect yourself and your team.

Here’s What the ADA Has to Offer Dentists

CDC Guidance for Clinicians & Public Health Professionals

We posted this link on Facebook yesterday, but for those of you who stick to the blog, visit www.cdc.gov/swineflu/guidance/ to print the guidance documents and learn more about the disease.

This video features Dr. Joe Bresee, of the CDC, providing signs, symptoms, and other information about swine flu. Check it out…

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Here’s a Press Release from OSAP on the Swine Flu Epidemic

OSAP Provides Critical Resources for Swine Flu Epidemic

osap-swine-fluANNAPOLIS, MD: April 28, 2009 – The Organization for Safety and Asepsis Procedures (OSAP) is providing special online resources to help dental professionals protect themselves and their patients from swine flu. The Swine Flu Resources section of the OSAP website, which can be accessed at www.osap.org, includes an overview of the disease, up-to-the-minute reports on the current outbreak, tips for prevention, and links to additional in-depth information. The site is a one-stop shop for current information on the swine flu epidemic.

Dental professionals should be vigilant as this potential pandemic emerges. The OSAP website provides a quick and easy way to stay current, as the site is constantly being updated as new information is received. Links to reports and updates from the Centers for Disease Control, American Dental Association, Pan American Health Organization, World Health Organization, and even the White House Briefing Room are available for instant access to critically important information and advisories.

In addition, the OSAP symposium “Infection Prevention: Spread the Word,” which is being held June 11-14, 2009 in Plano (Dallas) TX, will feature courses that address this issue. Dr. Michael Glick will present on Emerging Diseases with Special Focus on Swine Flu and Dr. Molly Newlon will present on the “6 P’s of Emergency Preparedness” in which swine flu will be covered.

Dental professionals are encouraged to visit the swine flu resources section of the OSAP website frequently to stay informed. Additional information will be posted as it becomes available.

OSAP is the Organization for Safety and Asepsis Procedures. Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2009, the non-profit association is dentistry’s premier resource for infection control and safety information. Through its publications, courses, website, and worldwide collaborations, OSAP and the tax-exempt OSAP Foundation support education, research, service, and policy development to promote safety and the control of infectious diseases in dental healthcare settings worldwide.

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3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 andy williams // Apr 29, 2009 at 10:48 am

    I stocked up on tamiflu last week, it works against this swine flu(according to cdc.gov) and also bird flu, got some for my whole family on friday and it arrived monday. you can get it without prescriptions for now and doubt our hospitals have enough for us all. Got mine at tamiflu.tk, only place i could find without a prescription. GOOD LUCK!!!

  • 2 Administrator // Apr 29, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    ADA link repaired! Sorry about that!

  • 3 212 Smiling Cosmetic Dentistry // Apr 30, 2009 at 10:41 am

    It may also be a good idea to ask patients about their travels in recent weeks. The WHO said that producing a vaccine would take 5 or 6 months. Thanks for the post…just have to keep our awareness up.