Protection from swine flu is at the forefront of the public and global health community concerns.
Swine flu is an influenza virus commonly referred to as H1N1. It was first detected in the United States in April of 2009.
It is very contagious and spreads from person-to-person like many other viruses.
The World Health Organization declared the H1N1 flu as a pandemic, in June 2009; however, the threat still exists.
Pandemic is a Greek world and is defined as an infectious disease or epidemic that spreads across large regions through human populations; from continent-to-continent or worldwide.
This virus is called the “swine flu” because researchers found that the genes from the virus are similar to those in North American pigs, or swine.
Swine Flu Symptoms
Symptoms of the swine flu include body aches, stuffy or runny nose, fatigue, fever, sore throat, cough, headache, and chills. Vomiting and diarrhea may also occur in individuals.
People at risk are those who are 65 or older, children 5 years old or younger (especially children younger than 2 years old), and pregnant women.
People who have asthma, heart disease, blood, liver, or kidney disorders, and weakened immune symptoms are also highly susceptible of getting the swine flu.
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Protection From Swine Flu
Influenza viruses like the swine flu can remain on doorknobs and books from 2 to 8 hours.
Killing the virus can be accomplished by applying heat: (167-212°F [75-100°C])
Cleaning agents like chlorine, hydrogen-dioxide, alcohols, detergents, soaps, and iodine antiseptics (iodophors) are recommended to clean surface that spread the virus. as well.
The germs are spread when a person touches a contaminated object and touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth. In addition, people can get the virus when an infected person sneezes or coughs and the germs are spread in the air.
Protection from swine flu also entails practicing healthy habits by keeping surfaces clean using house disinfectants, disposing tissues, and washing your hands with soap and water after touching surfaces, tissues and similar waste.
Take the advice of health professionals and protect yourself from the H1N1 virus.
For more information on how to protect you and your family, co-workers, and friends visit the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services‘ website: Flu.gov