How is swine, or H1N1, flu affecting your doctor’s office?

Coverage on the H1N1 influenza has been nothing short of constant.

But, how is it affecting your physician’s office? For me, there’s been many questions, some patient anxiety, and lots of diagnostic nasal swabs. But, being in New Hampshire, the prevalence of the H1N1 virus has been relatively low, compared to other parts of the country.

For a more detailed look behind the scenes, Rob Lamberts gives his account over a span of few days last week, noting the kinds of questions patients are asking, how his office prepared for a possible pandemic threat, and the thoughts going through his head as he responded to the CDC recommendations that changed on a a seemingly hourly basis. Now that the worst appears to be past us, was the response overblown?

Feel free to take a peek at what went on, in the trenches, for 3 days last week at a typical primary care office.