Sunday, June 15, 2008


TEN precautions for Swine Flu
Precaution 1 :

1.Wash your hands frequently
Use the antibacterial soaps to cleanse your hands. Wash them often, at least 15 seconds and rinse with running water.

Precaution 2
2. Get enough sleep

Try to get 8 hours of good sleep every night to keep your immune system strong enough to fight swine flu.
Precaution 3 :
3. Drink sufficient water

Drink 8 to10 glasses of water each day to flush toxins from your system and maintain good moisture and mucous production in your sinuses.
Precaution 4 :
4. Boost your immune system

Keeping your body strong, nourished, and ready to fight infection is important in flu prevention. So stick with whole grains, vegetables, and vitamin-rich fruits.
5. Read Newspaper & TV News to know latest information.

The government is taking necessary steps to prevent the pandemic and periodically release guidelines to keep the pandemic away. Please make sure to keep up to date on the information and act in a calm manner.
6. Avoid alcohol

Apart from being a mood depressant, alcohol is an immune suppressant that can actually decrease your resistance to viral infections like swine flu. So stay away from alcoholic drinks so that your immune system may be strong.
7. Be physically active

Moderate exercise can support the immune system by increasing circulation and oxygenating the body. For example brisk walking for 30-40 minutes 3-4 times a week will significantly perk up your immunity.
8. Keep away from sick people

Flu virus spreads when particles dispersed into the air through a cough or sneeze reach someone nose.. So if you have to be around someone who is sick, try to stay a few feet away from them and especially, avoid physical contact.
9. Know when to get help

Consult your doctor if you have a cough and fever and follow their instructions, including taking medicine as prescribed.
10. Avoid crowded areas

Try to avoid unnecessary trips outside.

What is Swine Flu?

Swine influenza (also called swine flu, hog flu, and pig flu) is endemic in pigs.

Swine influenza virus is common throughout pig populations worldwide. Transmission of the virus from pigs to humans is not common and does not always lead to human influenza, often resulting only in the production of antibodies in the blood. If transmission does cause human influenza, it is called zoonotic swine flu.

Why called as Swine Flu?

The disease is called as swine flu ,because initial testing showed many of the genes in the virus were similar to influenza viruses normally occurring in North American swine.Influenza is quite common in pigs, with about half of breeding pigs having been exposed to the virus in the US. The virus usually spreads quickly through a herd, infecting all the pigs within just a few days.People who work with poultry and swine, especially people with intense exposures, are at increased risk of infection with influenza.

Symptoms for Swine Flu

The symptoms for swine flu can be ,in general,chills, fever, sore throat, muscle pains, severe headache, coughing, weakness and general discomfort.. A diagnosis of confirmed swine flu requires laboratory testing of a respiratory sample (a simple nose and throat swab).The most common cause of death is respiratory failure, other causes of death are pneumonia, high fever (leading to neurological problems), dehydration (from excessive vomiting and diarrhea) and electrolyte imbalance. Fatalities are more likely in young children and the elderly.
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