There is a botnet or phishing scam currently running amok on the internet and purporting to be from the CDC. Please be aware that the CDC has NOT implemented a state or federal vaccination program requiring that you register at the CDC website in order to receive vaccinations. Do NOT click on the email link provided as it may download a malware onto your computer. Do NOT give a profile to the site. The link I provided below is a CDC site. However if you are uncertain as to whether to visit the provided link, the CDC website can also be reached via the House of Representatives: http://www.house.gov/
The Saudi’s performed a minor miracle in preparation for and during this year’s Hajj, where two million traveled and came together at Mecca to celebrate. Though the Saudi Health Minister Abdullah-al-Rabeeah stated that 73 cases of H1N1, including five deaths were reported, those statistics compare favorably to those that my county has reported. Granted, the Hajj only ran from November 25-29th and the Solano County statistics, while for only four hundred thousand inhabitants, are for the year. Still, to rub elbows with that many people from all over the world at once, and have so few cases, I think, is pretty terrific.
On the other hand, the flu is globally pandemic, Gaza has problems, and South Korea is preparing to ship TamiFlu to North Korea now.
Like the Saudi’s last month, some of us are now getting ready for a pilgrimage of our own. In consideration of this holiday season’s travel, one of the best holiday gifts you could give might be hand sanitizer.
If you are trying to stay healthy and are looking for products, be sure and check out the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website HERE for bogus and unproven products and devices. At the bottom of their page is a downloadable excel and pdf for your use.
For more information go to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) website HERE.