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Seasonal flu season open; Prefecture sets plans against epidemic

Date Posted: 2009-01-31

The annual flu season is under way in Okinawa, and public health officials say cases reported to date typical of those that occur each year.
U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa Public Health officials acknowledge “there have been some school classrooms in the prefecture closed, but this is due to the seasonal flu, not as a result of any pandemic situation. Military and Okinawa Health officials continue to work together to reduce the spread of seasonal influenza.”
Some confusion on the flu presently circulating on Okinawa arose in the January 29th print edition of Japan Update as reports of the Prefecture’s new Pandemic Influenza Response Plan were outlined and mixed with details of current cases. The Director of Public Health at U.S. Naval hospital Okinawa, Commander Terry Bola, confirmed that contingency plan details “are not associated with this year’s seasonal influenza outbreak.”
Okinawa Prefecture infectious disease control officials are moving into gear to establish safeguards against any influenza epidemic, concerned that if a new strain of influenza were to get a foothold in the prefecture, many patients could die. The Prefecture is fine tuning provisions for taking care of patients identified with any new disease, and making arrangements to cover prefecture offices if staffers come down sick.
In the event of a future emergency, quarantine facilities have been established in Naha City, and 12 hospitals and clinics identified to handle influenza patients. Officials say “it will make panic if we’re too late, so before anything happens we must plan prevention measures.” They say the municipal health centers and private hospitals should be able to handle patient loads. Naha Quarantine says “we have supporters and lists of staff, so even if they get sick, others can take care of patients.”
Okinawa, like many countries this time of year, is currently experiencing its normal annual flu season. Public health officials at the U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa and 18th Medical Group at Kadena Air Base recommend that people follow the usual guidelines to prevent the spread of the flu. These guidelines include getting flu shots, avoiding close contact with people who are sick, and keeping one’s distance from others to avoid spreading germs, staying home from work or school, if possible, and avoiding errands when sick, covering nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, or coughing into one’s sleeve or elbow, washing hands frequently, avoiding touching eyes, nose or mouth, since germs are spread by contact, and getting plenty of sleep and staying physically active.
Flu shots are being offered to SOFA personnel January 31st at the Camp Foster BX from 10 a.m. ~ 2 p.m.

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