In the wake of rising swine flu (H1N1) cases, we want to share quick health advisory tips with our readers.
Swine Influenza (H1N1) is a respiratory disease of pigs caused by type A influenza virus. It is commonly known as Swine Flu and Pig Flu. This disease is dangerous for humans. The symptoms of the same are cough, fever/chills, sore throat, muscle aches, fatigue cough, headache and a runny or stuffy nose. In children, it can cause diarrhea and vomiting.
The Swine flu can make some people much sicker than others. These people include young children less than 2 years, people 65 and older, pregnant women, and people with certain health conditions – such as heart, lung or kidney disease, nervous system disorders, or a weakened immune system.
The virus of the flue spreads from person-to-person. It is transmitted as easily as the normal seasonal flu and can be passed to other people by exposure to infected droplets expelled by coughing or sneezing that can be inhaled, or that can contaminate hands or surfaces.
As the saying goes “Health is Wealth”, we want all our readers to follow these five measures help prevent swine flu (H1N1 flu) and limit its spread:
- The best way to prevent yourself from Swine Flu is to get flu vaccination or flu shot on annual basis. This protects your body from getting infected by the disease.
- Wash your hands properly using soap or sanitizer. This prevents the germs to get into the body and infect us. It is very important to wash hands before intake of any meal.
- One of the most important preventive measure is to avoid contact with people suffering from swine flu. Coming in contact with the infected person may lead you to catch the virus.
- Although, the flu does not spread through food. But it is important to have properly handled cooked food. The raw food must be properly washed and cooked.
- People who are prone to diseases are recommended to wear masks on mouth and nose so that they do not intake the virus from the environment.