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SWINE FLU (INFLUENZA A H1N1)

 

Our pharmacist, Allan Smith, has offered us some general advice on the issue of swine flu.

  • Patients with pulmonary hypertension who develop flu-like symptoms should seek advice from their local health service as soon as possible. This may be their GP or NHS 24 depending on the area and time of day. Treatment with anti-viral medications may depend on symptoms and whether they live in a high-risk area or potential contacts.

  • The antiviral medications currently in use - Oseltamivir (Tamiflu) and Zanamivir (Relenza) - have no known important drug interactions and are safe to take with normal pulmonary hypertension medication including warfarin.

  • The advice on vaccination (when one becomes available) will be similar to the seasonal flu vaccine. It is generally recommended that all our patients receive the annual flu vaccine unless they had an allergic reaction to a previous vaccine.

For further information see:

www.nhsggc.org.uk/H1N1

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