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Wow 22 Million Americans sick from Swine Flu

As IASQ providers (Certified Indoor Air Quality and Surface Providers) with World Class Property Services, we have been going around in the Gwinnett area, testing and educating people about a technology that over 25 years of research and development has gone into the XMICROBE solution and it is just now being brought to the consumer by local individuals and small business owners.  We have solutions for home owners and business owners who want to take a pro active stance in providing their families and clients a long lasting powerful protective solution when it comes to the battle against, swine flu, MRSA, E-coli and many other germs and bacteria. 

It really saddens me when I read articles like the one below where there are so many sick and I have no way of getting the information out there that there is a long lasting solution that will help the situation.  We have a letter from the EPA stating that we help fight against the H1N1 viruses and new providers for the Healthier Environment Living Program are getting on board all across the US.

WASHINGTON – Swine flu has sickened about 22 million Americans since April and killed nearly 4,000, including 540 children, according to startling federal estimates released Thursday.

The figures — roughly a quadrupling of previous death estimates — don’t mean swine flu suddenly has worsened, and most cases still don’t require a doctor’s care. Instead, the numbers are a long-awaited better attempt to quantify the new flu’s true toll.

“I am expecting all of these numbers, unfortunately, to continue to rise,” said Dr. Anne Schuchat of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “We have a long flu season ahead of us.”

And tight supplies of vaccine to combat the illness continue: Not quite 42 million doses are currently available, a few million less than CDC had predicted last week.

A new Associated Press-GfK poll shows nearly one in six parents has gotten at least some of their children vaccinated against swine flu since inoculations began last month. Another 14 percent of parents sought vaccine, but couldn’t find any.

Only about 30 percent of children routinely get flu vaccinations during a normal winter. That even this many have gotten vaccinated against the new flu that scientists call the 2009 H1N1 strain despite the shortage suggests CDC’s target-the-young message has gotten through.

But three times as many adults have tried and failed to find vaccine for themselves as have succeeded.

“I know they’re trying their hardest,” Joy McGavin of Pittston, Pa., said of the CDC’s vaccine efforts. She hasn’t yet found vaccine for her three children despite a persistent hunt — even though she and her youngest child are at extra risk because of chronic illnesses.

“But it is kind of frustrating, being as my children’s school already shut down” because of a big outbreak, McGavin said.

And interest among the young adults who also are at high risk is waning fast, found the AP-GfK poll of 1,006 adults nationwide.

Thursday, Schuchat again urged patience in seeking vaccine.

“It’s a marathon and not a sprint,” she said. “More vaccine is being ordered and delivered and used every day.”

Until now, the CDC has conservatively estimated more than 1,000 deaths and “many millions” of new H1N1 infections. The agency was devoting more time to battling the pandemic than to counting it, and earlier figures were based on laboratory-confirmed cases even as doctors largely quit using flu tests months ago — and experts knew that deaths from things like the bacterial pneumonia that often follows flu were being missed.

Thursday’s report attempts to calculate the first six months of the new H1N1 strain’s spread, from April through mid-October. The CDC said:

_Some 98,000 people have been hospitalized from this new flu or its complications, including 36,000 children, 53,000 adults younger than 65 and 9,000 older adults.

_Deaths could range from a low of 2,500 to as many as 6,100, depending on how the data’s analyzed. CDC settled on 3,900 as the best estimate.

_Some 8 million children have become ill, 12 million adults younger than 65 and 2 million older adults.

In a typical winter, seasonal flu strains cause 200,000 U.S. hospitalizations and 36,000 deaths, the vast majority in people over 65. Seasonal influenza doesn’t usually start circulating until November while swine flu began a big climb in September, leading to what CDC called unprecedented high levels of illness so early in a season — and no way to know when the flu will peak.

The estimate of child deaths may seem especially surprising, considering the CDC’s conservative count of lab-confirmed deaths a week ago was 129.

“We don’t think things have changed from last week to this week,” Schuchat stressed, explaining the importance of looking beyond those lab counts. It’s “a better estimate for the big picture of what’s out there.”

The question now is what effect those estimates will have on a public that largely views swine flu as not that big a threat.

Here’s the GOOD NEWS!  Protecting your home or business from dangerous bacteria, germs, staph and other viruses is easier than ever with  XMICROBE™ unique antimicrobial technology.

Gwinnett County School Closed due to Stomach bug

As Certified Indoor Air Quality and Surface Providers with World Class Property Services we are all the time hearing or reading articles where sickness and infections are out of control.  We just ran across the following article online, where Buford Elementary school is closed due to what the county says is ” a stomach bug”.  As a new representative I recently spoke to one of the elementary schools in Cherokee County about adding XMICROBE™ unique antimicrobial technology to their schools cleaning process.  I was afraid that it was going to be a difficult thing to get into the schools and I was right.  In the mean time there are more children getting sick, teachers and the school custodians are fighting to keep the schools clean with products that are not long lasting.  The XMICROBE™ Technology offers an antimicrobial protection that works every minute of every day with just one simple application and it’s affordable and long-lasting.  The XMICROBE™ Technology works by creating a durable bond to the surfaces of your home or business preventing further growth, spreading of bacteria and cross-contamination.  And the list of bacteria and germs that it helps prevent includes H1N1, the dreaded Swine Flu and many other sicknesses. 

    BUFORD, Ga. – A Gwinnett County elementary school will be closed Friday after a record number of students called out or went home sick.

Parents of children at Harmony Elementary School received a letter Thursday afternoon stating that the school would be closed Friday.  The closure come after about a fifth of the students at the school exhibited flu-like symptoms.

Gwinnett County Public Schools spokesman Jorge Quintana said that they don’t believe that the outbreak isH1N1, but rather Gastroenteritis which is more commonly referred to as stomach flu. 

Quintana said that the school will be scrubbed down and will be ready to reopen Monday morning.  However, they ask parents not to send their children to school if they are still experiencing symptoms.

 

Medical Facilities Across the United States Reach Out for a Better Way to Protect Their Air and Surfaces

The Problem

hospital-operating-room-300As stated by Kristen Gerencher’s in the Wall Street Journal’s Health Matters - It’s the invisible threat that lurks whenever you stay in a hospital: hospital-acquired infections, the potentially dangerous bugs that can be spread around the facility when doctors, nurses and staff fail to wash their hands, sterilize medical equipment or take appropriate precautions with high-risk patients. The infections are especially sneaky because most symptoms show up after you leave the hospital, typically within 30 days of being discharged.

The U.S. Government Accountability Office weighed in this week on the state of hospital infections in a report that urged the Department of Health and Human Services to play a bigger role in overseeing recommended practices for countering infections. The GAO, the investigative arm of Congress, also called for linking the four databases used to collect information on hospital infections to get a more consistent and national picture of the problem.

About 2 million Americans get hospital-acquired infections every year, says Lisa McGiffert, Austin, Texas-based manager of Consumers Union’s Stop Hospital Infections campaign. Some patients make a full recovery after a simple course of antibiotics and others battle invasive infections for years.

Almost 100,000 people die from hospital infections every year, making the bugs the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S., McGiffert says. People who get seriously ill but survive often face many costs, not to mention their suffering and disability, she says. “They have doctors, medicines, wound care, physical therapy that sometimes goes for years and years.”

Nationwide, a standard estimate is that hospital infections cost $5 billion to $6 billion a year, she says, noting that it’s likely to be much higher because that figure is 10 years old.

“If the federal agencies focused on it, they could save thousands of lives and billions of dollars,” McGiffert says. “In 20 years or even in 10 years this could be a really rare occurrence if everyone concentrated on it, put the resources into it.”

Culture change

One promising development is the culture change that’s starting to catch on at hospitals, she says.

“Hospitals are at least aware of the problem and setting goals,” says McGiffert, who runs the Consumers Union site StopHospitalInfections.org. “Before, they were saying these were inevitable.”

There are 22 states that require hospitals to report their infection rates. Several bills in Congress would create national reporting standards and requirements and impose a mandated ratio of infection-control professionals per number of hospital beds.

Some states have been leading the push as well. Pennsylvania now requires hospitals to report the incidence of all four major types of infections and screen for an antibiotic-resistant bug known as MRSA. Next year New York will begin mandating the state’s hospitals to disclose the ratio of infection-control professionals per bed. A good number to aim for is 1 per 100, McGiffert says. “In order to control infections, you have to have a well-organized program that involves everyone in the hospital.”

McGiffert says she’s seen a lot of progress in the five years Consumers Union has run its advocacy campaign. But there’s much work ahead. “We really don’t have a good system for assessing the progress we make because we don’t have an organized national system for collecting the incidences of infection when they occur.”

The Solution 

dr-michelleDr. Michelle in Oklahoma; an OB-GYN is keenly aware of indoor health and the challenges many of my patients face in protection from harmful bacteria and microbes. In dealing with expectant mothers and newborns this challenge is even more pressing.  The Healthier Environment Living Program™ is a 1-2-3 punch giving us 3 unique ways to fight against bacteria like staph, E-Coli, MRSA, and others. The ISAQ™ education brings an awareness to our indoor environment and practical on-line ways to continue that education.

Healthier Environment Living Program’s™ indoor testing procedures for air and surfaces gives me vital data so I know exactly what is going on in the environment of my patients on a molecular level. Last, but not least, Healthier Environment Living Program’s™ XMICROBE™ is an EPA and USDA approved application that when applied adheres to all surfaces and provides an ongoing non-chemical destruction of harmful bacteria! This application does not use harmful chemicals.

This gives my patients peace of mind that their newborns do not ever need to be exposed to potentially harmful chemicals in order to provide a healthier environment. Additionally, I recommend every patient to use the XMICROBE™ Laundry Protectant to all the cribs, receiving blankets, comforters and sheets in their home before the baby ever comes home from the hospital! This ensures a healthier home upon arrival. I am so excited to be a part of the program. We have treated and tested my clinic, office, patient rooms, and my home.

People are lining up for the Swine Flu vaccine, but what else can they do to help prevent it?

Here is more information on the swine flu and the panic that it is creating.  The germs are out there, and we have a product that is sprayed in homes that gives you and your loved ones long lasting protection against the flu and other germs and bacteria.  Give us a call today to find out how easily you can get your home to be a Healthier Living Environment. 

  • The government stepped up the fight against H1N1, declaring the virus a national emergency. As Kimberly Dozier reports, children are front and center at the flu vaccination centers.

(CBS) 

A chance to get the hard-to-find H1N1 vaccine produced a polite stampeded of parents – and not too happy children – in Fairfax County Saturday morning.

“Oh yeah, it’s definitely hard to get,” said a man waiting in line. “This is the only place you can find it right now.”

Whole families skipped Saturday morning cartoons and braved the rain – and the line – to snap up 12,000 doses of the drug, reports CBS News correspondent Kimberly Dozier.

“He has the shot and i feel a lot better. That’s why I waited in line for five hours,” said one woman with her son.

Many clinics, like the one in Fairfax County, limited their supply to those most at risk – babies, young children and pregnant women. But the virus is not so selective.

The Centers for Disease Control says H1N1 has spread to 46 states. More than 1,000 Americans have died, and more than 20,000 have been hospitalized.

Special Report: H1N1 Virus

Experts say it will likely spread further. So, much like a disaster declaration before a hurricane, the president declared the swine flu a national emergency. The White House says it’s not meant to scare anyone. It simply loosens some of the bureaucratic red tape to make it easier for hospitals to get what they need, should the epidemic get worse.

And health officials have now given doctors easier access to a new weapon against H1N1, an experimental drug called Peramivir, made by Biocryst Pharmaceuticals.

“It’s highly potent on the H1N1 virus,” said Jon Stonehouse, the President and CEO of Biocryst. “There are lab tests conducted by the CDC that show it’s the most potent inhibitor of the H1N1 virus.”

But the drug hasn’t gone through all the necessary and time-consuming FDA trials yet. So the FDA issued an emergency authorization to allow doctors to give the drug to the most seriously ill – those who aren’t able to swallow antivirals Tamiflu or benefit from Relenza, which is usually inhaled. Peramivir, also an antiviral, is given intravenously.

CBS News found eight patients who were deathly ill, but survived after being given the drug as a last resort, like Jon Boudrot, 51.

“I am a lucky son-of-a-gun to be here,” Boudrot said. “No question about it.”

Delays in producing H1N1 vaccine mean some of the children getting the shot today may have trouble getting the second dose recommended for children under 9 years old.

So how can you get protection for your home, it is as simple as giving us a call, setting up an appointment for us to come out and spray your home with the XMICROBE™ technology, the spray will dry in about 30 minutes or less and will give you long lasting protection against the swine flu and many other germs and bacteria.  

Call World Class Property Services today @ 678-995-8321