How to Prevent Swine Flu?

How to Prevent Swine Flu?


We know by now that we need to eat the right foods, need to work out, and do stuff that is healthy for us. Because maintaining good health does not happen by accident, it requires work and smart lifestyle choices. But sometimes when we wake up at 6 am to hit the gym before work or shunning the donuts in breakfast, it’s easy to lose sight of for what are we doing all these. So here are some top articles choices that can keep you motivated to lead a healthy lifestyle and keep diseases at bay.

How to Prevent Swine Flu?

, How to Prevent Swine Flu?Swine flu is pandemic at present. Swine flu, if not treated adequately and promptly may be fatal, hence it is very important to prevent swine flu. Like common flu, swine flu also spread by same mode, through respiratory secretion.

CDC recommends, swine flu vaccine for every person older than 6 months. Vaccination is one of the best way to prevent swine flu. Swine flu virus (H1N1) is commonly part of seasonal flu vaccine in many countries. Hence, seasonal flu vaccine can prevent swine flu along with other respiratory viruses such as influenza virus. Seasonal flu vaccine (along with H1N1 strain) is available as nasal spray or injection. Availability of vaccine as nasal spray makes it easier to administer and one can avoid shot. The nasal spray flu vaccine is approved for use from among healthy people of 2 years of age to 49 years of age, except during pregnancy.

Following measures can help prevent spread of swine flu (as well as seasonal flu):

  • Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently, especially after coughing and sneezing and after touching your nose. Use simple soap for washing hands. If soap is not available, you can use hand sanitizer or alcohol based hand gel. Frequent washing of hands is essential, because flu viruses can survive in surface (such as door handle, door knob or any similar surface, where they may be lodged) for two hours or more.
  • If you are sick, stay at home. If you or any of your relatives have H1N1 infection, get admitted to hospital without delay for treatment and for prevention of spread of the disease. A H1N1 infected patient can transmit the disease 24 hours before starting symptoms and up to one week after symptoms develop.

  • If there is risk of getting the virus or risk of spreading, use face musk when you go out, especially in crowded areas and in region where there are large number of swine flu patients.
  • If possible, stay away from crowded places. Risk is higher for children below five years of age, elderly persons above 65 years of age and pregnant women. Patients of asthma are also at greater risk.
  • During flu epidemic it is best to avoid contact with strangers and Indian style of greeting Namaste is better than western style handshake when you meet a person. Indian style Namaste does not involve body contact and risk is much less.
  • Try to control your coughs, sneezes. Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, and cover them with tissue, handkerchief.
  • Avoid contact with person sick with swine flu. Avoid courtesy hospital visit, if your friend or relative is sick with swine flu.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Get vaccinated for seasonal flu, which contain swine flu virus (H1N1).

Prevention of swine flu is not very difficult. What is required is to be careful and use of vaccine for prevention.

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