Dr. Tammy Wu & Dr. Calvin Lee
Surgical Artistry, INC
2336 Sylvan Ave. Ste C
Modesto, CA 95355
Swine Flu - prevention tactics
Flu FAQ below on webpage
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providing info regarding Swine Flu
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information is on this website. Specific medical
advice requires one on one discussion with your medical
doctor. Statements on here do not provide medical advice,
diagnosis or treatment.
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Dr. Tammy Wu (very left) -
Dr. Calvin Lee (next to Dr. Wu) - General Surgery,
Tips to help stay healthy,
keep the flu away!
Swine Flu (H1N1) threatens to possibly become
the world's next pandemic.
- Avoid travel to Mexico.
Avoid travel if at all possible. Airplanes
and buses are places where air and germs are
recycled and closely compacted because of the
- Use liquid/foam hand
sanitizers such as alcohol based ones frequently
and keep them in your pocket and on your desk,
- When coughing or
sneezing, consider sneezing into your elbow
instead of your hands. Our hands are key
culprits in spreading the flu.
- After coughing or
sneezing, sanitize hands immediately
- Within the first 2 days
of feeling symptoms consider asking your doctor
for a prescription of TamiFlu (pills) or Relenza
- Be careful using shared
computers. Recently used computers can be
a culprit in flu transmission. Keep the
hand sanitizer close by when using a shared
- Stay away from public
contact and public areas when possible (social
- Stay healthy by not
stressing the body - avoid sleep deprivation,
avoid strenuous exercise.
- Include healthy foods in
your diet - fruits and vegetables.
We have paper copies of the
above tips at our
Modesto Plastic Surgery office.
Calvin Lee, MD
Tammy Wu, MD
Other interesting facts about
Swine Flu (H1N1) FAQ
What does H1N1 stand for
- The "H" stand for "haemagglutinin" and the
"N" stands for "neuraminidase."
- Bird flu (Avian Flu) is H5N1, an influenza A
- If infected with H1N1, you will develop
antibodies against H1 and N1, and any similar
strain with H1 and N1 like-proteins would be
unable to infect you. However, if you were
infected with H2N2, your H1N1 antibodies would
not be useful and you would get sick again.
- Swine flu is H1N1, which is also an
influenza A virus
- Hemeagglutinin proteins allows the virus to
attach to human cells.
- Neuraminidase protein allows newly created
viruses to detach from the cells and spread.
Which drugs are effective against swine flu
- The CDC recommends the use of Tamiflu
(oseltamivir - by Roche, an oral neuraminidase
inhibitor) or Relenza (zanamivir by
GlaxoSmithKline, an inhaled neuraminidase
inhibitor) for the treatment and/or prevention
of infection with swine influenza viruses. The
virus isolates that have been tested from the US
and Mexico are however resistant to amantadine
- This doesn't mean that the CDC is
recommending that everyone in the world start
taking these medications so that we can all
avoid getting the swine flu. The CDC's
recommendation only applies to people who have
had known exposure to the virus, or have
confirmed or probable or suspected cases of
swine flu. See the following CDC website:
- Oseltamivir use for children < 1 year old
was recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) under an Emergency Use
Authorization (EUA), and dosing for these
children is age-based. (See table 2 from the CDC
website of recommendations.)
In general what are the different types of
- Influenza Type A is the most common and
also the scariest of the three influenzas,
causing the most serious epidemics in
- Influenza Type B flu outbreaks also can
cause epidemics, but the disease it produces
generally is milder than that caused by type
- Influenza Type C flu viruses, on the
other hand, have never been connected with a
large epidemic, usually just causing mild
respiratory infections similar to the common
- Influenza A viruses are divided into
subtypes based on two proteins on the
surface of the virus: the hemagglutinin (H)
and the neuraminidase (N). There are 16
different hemagglutinin subtypes and 9
different neuraminidase subtypes, Influenza
A viruses can be further broken down into
different strains. The current subtypes of
influenza A viruses found in people are A
(H1N1) and A (H3N2).
Tell me more about flu pandemics.
- There were three flu pandemics last
century: 1918, 1957 and 1968.
- A pandemic is basically a global
This is still a work in progress.
Perhaps there will be more to come.
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Ste C, Modesto, CA 95355. (209) 551-1888
Dr. Tammy Wu
Surgical Artistry, Inc is also registered as Tzuying Tammy Wu, MD
This document was updated on May 2009. It may contain
out of date info.
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