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Posted by Royal Sundaram on 15 Mar 2010
With H1N1 or “swine flu,” outbreak doing the rounds as the flu of the year 2009, it is better to be well prepared and protected. For those of you who do not know what HINI Swine Flu is, usually infects pigs (swine).
Typically, humans do not get swine flu. The virus that is affecting people in 2009 seems to have mutated into a combination of swine, avian (bird) and human influenza and has developed the capability of passing from human to human. It is now known as pandemic H1N1 influenza.
Symptoms of H1N1 swine flu include, fever, body aches, cough, sore throat, headache, fatigue, occasional vomiting and diarrhea.
Is there something you can do to take precaution? Read on,Since the flu is doing the rounds,
- visit your Doctor and get H1N1 flu shots if you are travelling abroad.
- Good hand hygiene is the best way to prevent the spread of viruses.
- Wash your hands with soap and water thoroughly.
- Carry a hand sanitizer in your bag.
- Everytime you feel a sneeze coming, cover your mouth and nose or use a tissue. Stay home if you are sick.
- Better yet, whenever possible, instead of relying on face masks stay away from people who are ill or from crowded places. And if you do need to go out, wear a face mask, maintain good distance from someone who is sick.
- Make sure to get plenty of sleep and be physically active- this will keep the germs away.
- If you are sick with a fever and cough or sore throat, you should contact your healthcare provider. He will be able to determine if you need testing for influenza.
- If you are sick and feel you are having difficulty breathing, seek medical attention immediately.
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