The Department of Defense is following its civilian counterparts with reporting on the pandemic swine flu’s effects its personnel and dependents.
All of the cases in the DoD report that are in the United States are also part of a state report. Just as with the states and the CDC, there can be a delay in the data being reported between sources.
Since April 1, military facilities have treated 1,327 cases of pandemic swine flu, also called pandemic novel H1N1. 722 of these patients have been active duty personnel. 31 cases have been found in recruits, with the Marines having just over half of the cases.
These military facilities also treat family members and retirees. Only 14 retirees have been found with pandemic influenza and 510 dependents.
Colonel Jonathan Jaffin, director, Health Policy and Services, Office of the Surgeon General, discussed the military’s response to the pandemic in a recent Bloggers’ Roundtable. One of the points he made was that they are not just looking for pandemic flu, but a wide variety of illnesses that are common in situation where people are in close quarters. ILI’s (influenza like illnesses) and noroviruses are two of the illnesses that can break out aboard ship or in a barracks.
Jaffin stressed the importance of service members not reporting for duty if they are ill. He reviewed a number of preventative measures such as frequent hand washing.
Col. Jaffin revealed that all soldiers are being screened for pandemic H1N1 before they are sent overseas. The screening is also being done on returning troops from certain theaters of operation. In response to a question, he was able to report that the pandemic flu had not affected any Army operations.
The following images are from the most recent DoD report. Please note the median ages for family and retirees. These are much younger ages than are seen with seasonal influenza.
Table of contents for Pandemic Flu United States 2009
- Pandemic Flu in the United States June 12 2009
- Pandemic Flu in the United States June 15 2009
- Pandemic Swine Flu in the United States June 17 2009
- Pandemic Swine Flu – H1n1 in the United States June 22 2009
- Pandemic Swine Flu – H1n1 in the United States June 24 2009
- Pandemic Swine Flu – H1N1 in the U.S. Military
- Pandemic Swine Flu – H1n1 in the United States June 25 2009
- Pandemic Swine Flu – H1N1 in the United States June 29 2009
- Pandemic Swine Flu – H1N1 in the United States July 1 2009
- Coast Guard Is Prepared for Pandemic Flu
- Pandemic Swine Flu – H1N1 in the United States July 6 2009
- Pandemic Swine Flu – H1N1 in the United States July 10 2009
- Pandemic Swine Flu – H1N1 in the United States July 14 2009
- Pandemic Swine Flu – H1N1 in the United States July 16 2009
- Pandemic Swine Flu – H1N1 in the United States July 21 2009
- Pandemic Swine Flu – H1N1 Discussion for July 25 2009
- The Coming Pandemic Wave
- U.S. Military Handles Pandemic Flu
- The Future of Pandemic Flu in American Public Schools
- NORAD Personnel Have Pandemic Flu
- Military cases of pandemic flu continue
- Pandemic flu planning in states where school is in session
- U.S. schools start to see pandemic flu
- Swine Flu to cost schools billions
- More Pandemic Swine Flu in schools as they open for fall
- Mississippi States adresses Swine Flu on campus
- Pandemic swine flu beginning to surge in U.S.
- Swine flu update – October 6 2009
- Where is Swine Flu spreading in New York State?
- Why is it taking so long to get the flu vaccine?
- CBS Exclusive Report on H1N1 uses fake numbers?
- My television interview
- Swine Flu in the United States for November 7 2009