The American Nurses Association provides the following information received from the the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC):
The CDC and FTC are warning consumers that internet advertisements and Web sites touting H1N1 medications and vaccines are fraudulent. Nurses should be aware of these sites, and should discourage patients and communities from ordering any H1N1 products off the internet.
Currently, there is no H1N1 vaccine, and treatment medications such as antivirals should only be obtained through a prescribing health care provider.
The CDC has a public service announcement which provides a message on fraudulent products. Feel free to send the link to others and post it on your Web site or social media page: www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/psa/consumerfraud.htm