Swine Flu – Precaution and Prevention Measures

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Swine Flu – Precaution and Prevention Measuresby adminon.Swine Flu – Precaution and Prevention MeasuresSwine Flu – Precaution and Prevention Measures Swine flu displays regular human flu symptoms including cough, fever, body ache, fatigue, sore throat, chills and headache. Antiviral medicines are available to prevent and treat swine flu, but right now appropriate vaccine is not available to protect from swine flu. Spreading of these germs can be prevented […]
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Swine Flu – Precaution and Prevention Measures

Swine flu displays regular human flu symptoms including cough, fever, body ache, fatigue, sore throat, chills and headache. Antiviral medicines are available to prevent and treat swine flu, but right now appropriate vaccine is not available to protect from swine flu. Spreading of these germs can be prevented as it causes respiratory illnesses such as influenza by:

* Avoiding contact with sick patients, avoiding touching your mouth, eyes or nose as the germs spread faster in this way.

* Covering mouth and nose using a tissue while coughing or sneezing and immediately throwing the tissue in a trash after one use.

* Washing hands using soap and water, particularly after sneezing or coughing is essential and also using hand cleaners that are alcohol-based is preferred.

* Staying at home when you are sick without attending school or your work place is suggested to prevent spreading of this infection.

Immediate care is recommended on the initial symptoms of swine flu. The symptoms vary from person to person as there are patients having high fever, body ache and sore throat, while some complain about running nose, vomiting and diarrhea. However, these symptoms alone does not declare a person being infected by swine flu and is confirmed after the respiratory specimen lab test.

Precautions taken helps in minimizing the risk and the simplest way is covering the nose and mouth by wearing a mask. Mask covering assists in avoiding spreading the infection especially, when an infected person comes in contact. Precautions also include maintenance of high levels of hygiene, by washing hands frequently using soap and water. Subsequently, as influenza spreads through contact and air, surface sanitizing is also one of the best ways to prevent infections. Effective sanitizer is alcohol and even bleach can be employed to sanitize rooms and equipments used by patients having influenza symptoms.



Prevention of swine flu is considered in the aim of limiting the risks and this can be done by:

* Building and balancing the immune system, as it is believed that this infection affects people having compromised immune systems easily. Hence, balancing and improving the overall immune system is the best solution to beat swine flu.

* Improving overall health is highlighted as mostly people having underlying medical conditions are easily prone to this risk. Getting into better shape is essential so that your body is a warrior to attack swine flu and this can be achieved by going on physical fitness program.

* Washing hands before and after meals is mandatory, besides also wash after shaking hands with outsiders. This is simple but very protective to keep you at a safe distance from getting infected.

* Avoiding crowded areas is advised as there are more chances of acquiring this flu mainly because it is difficult to identify swine flu inflected people, even if they stand next to you.

* Avoid visiting patients infected with swine flue is highly recommended as this enhances all the chances of spreading swine flu.

* Checking the temperature of your body regularly is advised as fever is the main swine flu symptom.

Treatment plays a significant role in preventing spreading of this deadly infection and also in curing the ailment. People with flu are suggested to take plenty of rest, avoid taking tobacco and alcohol and to drink lots of liquids such as fresh fruit juices and water. Taking medications to get relieved from fever and muscle aches is recommended, but definitely relying on self-medication is not advisable and hence getting in touch with the doctor will ensure the right treatment. Panicking on observing the symptoms will lead to seriousness, while maintaining coolness and getting tested will ascertain proper treatments.

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9 Responses

  1. Jerrod BodamerApril 5, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    Im realy sick and im kind of getting worried because today at school they gave a notice out about swine flue and if it comes to my town their probebly going 2 shut down the schools. I have allot of things going on ill list them and i would apeasiate it if you could tell me if i MAY have it.
    1. i live in canada, some1 in my geography class just got back from mexico, but shes not sick.
    2. i have a headache.
    3. im realy tired and weak(takes all my strength to get up and walk around)
    4. i feal sick, when i move around i gag.
    5. lower back pains, and also on my sides.
    6. stuffed up so bad i cant breath threw my nose.
    7. my throte is sore.
    8.when i cough i gag.
    9. somewhat dizzy, not allot but i am a little.
    10. have a fever of 99.

    I am 14 years old and live in canada. theres currently no cases of swine where i live but it could happen.

    Im male, idk if that helps or w/e, but i would look it up to see if these are simtoms but i just can’t.

    Thankyou everyone that helps.
    And im going to the doctor tomorrow
    Ok so thanks people. and im not a hypocondreak or w/e its called. im just hopeing i DON’T have it. Buy thankyou to eveyone who has awnserd so far. and i cannot get to the doctor today because my dad assed away last month . R.I.P. and my mom is at work.
    sorry for that i ment Passed* not assed

  2. Berta CzechowskiMarch 8, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    my family has it am i next?

  3. Walton JahnckeFebruary 16, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    i have a bad cold and fever

    but im not so scared about the swine flu pig flu
    becuase im in europa but i would like to know more ingfo

  4. Thanh ReuterDecember 29, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    i have been feeling sick for about two weeks. About two days ago (wedneday) I started to get a fever. and today (friday) i was tested for the swine flu, and i am positive for influenza a. but its only a mild condition. Am i still contagious? if so, how contagious?

  5. Essie VanschoyckNovember 20, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    Swine Flu Q&A
    What you need to know and how to protect yourself from infection.
    By the Editors of MSN Health
    Swine flu in the U.S.? If you’re worried about the flurry of news on pandemics, epidemics, and public health emergencies, here are some key facts provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Conrol and Prevention to help you understand how swine flu is spread and what you can do to prevent infection. Current updates on the spread of swine flu are available at the CDC’s Swine Flu web site.
    What is swine flu?
    Swine flu is a respiratory disease normally found in pigs and caused by type A influenza viruses. While outbreaks of this type of flu are common in pigs, human cases of swine flu do happen. In the past, reports of human swine flu have been rare—approximately one infection every one to two years in the U.S. From December 2005 through February 2009, only 12 cases of human infection were documented.
    How is it spread?
    Humans with direct exposure to pigs are those most commonly infected with swine flu. Yet, human-to-human spread of swine flu viruses have been documented, however it’s not known how easily the spread occurs. Just as the common flu is passed along, swine flu is thought to be spread by coughing, sneezing, or touching something with the viruses on it.
    If infected, a person may be able to infect another person one day before symptoms develop and up to seven or more days after becoming sick. Thus, a person is able to pass the flu on before they know they are sick. Those with swine flu should be considered potentially contagious as long as they are demonstrating symptoms and up to seven days longer from the onset of their illness. Children might be contagious for longer periods of time.
    Can I catch swine flu from eating pork?
    No. The CDC says that swine flu viruses are not transmitted by food. Properly cooking pork to an internal temperature of 160°F kills all bacteria and viruses.
    What are the symptoms of swine flu?
    Symptoms of swine flu are similar to those of a regular flu: fever and chills, sore throat, cough, headache, body aches, and fatigue. Diarrhea and vomiting can also be present. Without a specific lab test, it is impossible to know whether you may be suffering from swine flu or another flu strain.
    What precautionary measures should I take?  
    The same everyday precautions that you take to prevent other contagious viruses should be used to protect yourself against swine flu: 
    Wash your hands often with soap and water. Alcohol-based hand cleaners work well too.
    Do not touch surfaces that might be contaminated.
    Avoid contact with sick people.
    Try to stay in good general health with plenty of sleep, exercise, and a nutritious diet.
    What should you do if you think you are sick with swine flu?  
    Contact your health care professional, inform them of your symptoms, and ask whether you should be tested for swine flu. Be prepared to give details on how long you’ve been feeling ill and about any recent travels. Your health care provider will determine whether influenza testing or treatment is needed. If you feel sick, but are not sure what illness you may have, stay home until you have been diagnosed properly to avoid spreading any infection.   
    Watch for these symptoms in children. Seek emergency medical care if your child experiences any of the following warning signs:
    Fever with a rash
    Dehydration
    Fast breathing 
    Bluish skin coloration
    Slow to wake or sluggish interaction
    Flu-like symptoms improve, but then return and cough worsens
    Severe irritability
    For adults, emergency medical care is needed if you experience these warning signs: 
    Difficulty breathing
    Dizziness
    Confusion
    Severe or persistent vomiting 
    Pain/pressure in the chest or stomach
    Remember that the symptoms for swine flu are almost identical to those you might experience with the regular flu. Only your doctor can give you the correct diagnosis.
    Are there medicines effective in treating swine flu in humans?
    The swine flu responds to the use of oseltamivir (Tamiflu) or zanamivir (Relenza) for those infected. For treatment, these antiviral drugs work best if started soon after getting sick (within 2 days of symptoms).
    More information
    U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    Infectious Diseases: How they spread and how to stop them

  6. Fern CimorelliSeptember 25, 2013 at 8:26 am

    Swine flu: The imminent pandemic

    The World Health Organization, decided last night to raise the pandemic alert over swine flu to level five, warning that the pandemic is now “imminent”, said Margaret Chan the WHO’s Director General during a teleconference.

    As a result, the WHO has urged countries to activate their plan to prepare for a pandemic.
    “All countries should immediately activate their plan to prepare for a pandemic”, warned the Director General of the organization.
    Noting that “the virus spreads (…) without any sign of slowing,” the organization had decided the same day to convene its emergency committee gathering fifteen international experts to study the possibility of raising the alert level to 5, the penultimate stage before the announcement of a global epidemic.
    On its side, the African Union wants to put in place “promptly” a continental plan of prevention and fight against the swine influenza, said the Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union, Jean Ping. “The AU is currently consulting with its partners, including FAO and WHO and other agencies concerned by the swine flu”, said Ping. “We hope to set up a continental plan to prevent and if necessary to fight this epidemic which has not yet affected Africa”, he added. Mr. Ping said the AU Commissioner in charge of Social Affairs, Bience Gawanas, “is in charge of coordinating the efforts and contacts our partners on this issue.” The problem of Mr. Ping seems to be motivated by the fact that South Africa announced yesterday that it had detected the first two suspected cases of swine influenza in the African continent, which from Egypt to Mozambique, was strengthened its health monitoring.
    One of the two suspected cases had traveled to Mexico. The swine flu epidemic began in this country, where 7 deaths have been confirmed and nearly 160 deaths are suspicious. And then it has spread throughout the world with a child who died in the United States, and other confirmed cases in Europe, Israel and New Zealand. The epidemic appears to have spread on all continents. For its part, Mexico, which caused the death “confirmed” of 7 persons and could be the cause of over 150 deaths, continues to strengthen its preventive measures against swine flu by closing pubs and restaurants in Mexico City and all the country’s archaeological sites. In the other hand the swine flu has caused its first death in the United States, outside of Mexico, with yesterday the announcement of the death of a young boy in Texas, a situation considered “serious” by the president Barack Obama of a country which has now identified 91 cases in ten states.
    This child of 22 months (yes 22) was Mexican, specified health authorities of Texas (south), a stat bordered with Mexico, which has just declared the alert. This epidemic is “obviously enough troubling and serious to require a maximum of precautions”, judged the president Barack Obama just after the announcement of this first fatal case. However, the U.S. Secretary of the Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, has declared against closing the border with Mexico, the epicenter of the epidemic. The authorities have warned no vaccine will be availa

  7. Buffy PhoeukJuly 26, 2013 at 12:13 am

    I’m 16 and relatively healthy. I don’t normally sick, but today I have a bad sore throat that’s just getting worse, a low fever, and my stomach hurts badly. I live in southern california so that’s pretty close to mexico.

    My mom is already taking me out of school tomorrow and if this gets worse I’m going to the doctor.

    But I’m a little worried, if I have it, will I almost 100% die or just suffer a lot?

  8. Emmie MoscoJuly 8, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    I’ve made a translation from french to english and I would know if there is any grammar mistake or else.

    Swine flu: The imminent pandemic

    The World Health Organization, decided last night to raise the pandemic alert over swine flu to level five, warning that the pandemic is now “imminent”, said Margaret Chan the WHO’s Director General during a teleconference.

    As a result, the WHO has urged countries to activate their plan to prepare for a pandemic.
    “All countries should immediately activate their plan to prepare for a pandemic”, warned the Director General of the organization.
    Noting that “the virus spreads (…) without any sign of slowing,” the organization had decided the same day to convene its emergency committee gathering fifteen international experts to study the possibility of raising the alert level to 5, the penultimate stage before the announcement of a global epidemic.
    On its side, the African Union wants to put in place “promptly” a continental plan of prevention and fight against the swine influenza, said the Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union, Jean Ping. “The AU is currently consulting with its partners, including FAO and WHO and other agencies concerned by the swine flu”, said Ping. “We hope to set up a continental plan to prevent and if necessary to fight this epidemic which has not yet affected Africa”, he added. Mr. Ping said the AU Commissioner in charge of Social Affairs, Bience Gawanas, “is in charge of coordinating the efforts and contacts our partners on this issue.” The problem of Mr. Ping seems to be motivated by the fact that South Africa announced yesterday that it had detected the first two suspected cases of swine influenza in the African continent, which from Egypt to Mozambique, was strengthened its health monitoring.
    One of the two suspected cases had traveled to Mexico. The swine flu epidemic began in this country, where 7 deaths have been confirmed and nearly 160 deaths are suspicious. And then it has spread throughout the world with a child who died in the United States, and other confirmed cases in Europe, Israel and New Zealand. The epidemic appears to have spread on all continents. For its part, Mexico, which caused the death “confirmed” of 7 persons and could be the cause of over 150 deaths, continues to strengthen its preventive measures against swine flu by closing pubs and restaurants in Mexico City and all the country’s archaeological sites. In the other hand the swine flu has caused its first death in the United States, outside of Mexico, with yesterday the announcement of the death of a young boy in Texas, a situation considered “serious” by the president Barack Obama of a country which has now identified 91 cases in ten states.
    This child of 22 months (yes 22) was Mexican, specified health authorities of Texas (south), a stat bordered with Mexico, which has just declared the alert. This epidemic is “obviously enough troubling and serious to require a maximum of precautions”, judged the president Barack Obama just after the announcement of this first fatal case. However, the U.S. Secretary of the Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, has declared against closing the border with Mexico, the epicenter of the epidemic. The authorities have warned no vaccine will be available before September.

    Thank you so much.

  9. Candis GourlayJuly 3, 2013 at 6:04 am

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