Jul 2, 2005
| Response from Dr. Young
Thanks for your post.
Fortunately (so far), there have only been a relatively small number of avian flu cases in humans. A much bigger health risk is the usual influenza A-- a disease that kills tens of thousands every year. Getting your annual influenza vaccination is the best way to prevent flu A; as for avian flu, perhaps avoidance of the countries in Asia where avian is a problem is prudent; more importantly, emphasis on hand washing (with soap) is a excellent way to avoid these (and other) respiratory viral infections. BY
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