Health & Beauty | April 2009
|Dr. Alejandro Rios Talks About the Swine Flu - Part 3|
Part 1: Swine Flu Overview | Part 2: How it is Transmitted | Part 3: Tamiflu and Relenza | Part 4: Do I Need a Face Mask? | Part 5: Should I See a Doctor? | Part 6: Influenza Vaccinations
On April 29, 2009, BanderasNews video journalist Laura Gelezunas sat down with Dr. Alejandro Rios, a local Internal Medicine Doctor and member of the Puerto Vallarta Epidemiology Committee, to talk about the Swine Flu, and explains the process for getting the medications Tamiflu and Relenza. Here's what he had to say:
"As soon as people found out that there was this virus going around and they found out through the Internet, of course, that there were two medications for use by those susceptible to this virus, these are the medications Tamiflu and Relenza.
People went crazy and ran to the nearest pharmacy, trying to get as much as they could. The government noticed this, so several days ago, they took it off of the market and stockpiled it. This means that the government has all of the doses, which are only available through the Secretaria de Salud and the IMSS, the only two government agencies that actually have the medications.
Yes, there are medications that treat Swine Flu, but we need to follow very strict protocol, and there needs to be a clinical screening, testing, and a confirmed diagnosis before the medication is prescribed. You have to get it through SSA or IMSS you cannot do it at a private clinic."
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