Swine Flu – Fact and Fiction

The H1N1 virus, commonly known as the swine flu, started to terrorize the world in 2009 and the fears have not gone away. It is still considered a pandemic and a health concern to everyone. However, there have been a ton of myths about the flu. Knowledge is power, especially when dealing with something as scary as a pandemic. Ignorance and fear can spread faster than a flu and can cause almost as much trouble. Stay informed, and make sure that your sources for information are accurate and trustworthy.

Here are some common myths and the truths:

I can get the swine flu from eating pork: No, the flu cannot be transferred from eating or preparing any pork product.

The N1H1 vaccine is unsafe: The vaccine approved by the FDA that is being distributed in the United States does not contain adjuvants, which were a cause of concern in previous vaccines. Also, you may only need one dose, not the two doses that were originally thought. The single dose version also does not contain any preservatives, which some people believed to be a source of side-effects.

The H1N1 products sold on the Internet are all safe: No, there are a number of products that are being offered that are not only not affective at preventing N1H1 but some are also dangerous. Make sure that any product that you use is FDA approved. Good advice can be found to help deal with the swine flu and protect your family, just don't trust everything that you read.

The H1N1 flu is over and we need to worry about it any more: Nope, even the World Health Organization has issued current warnings about the flu. They also recommend that people still get vaccinated.

The Government is forcing people to get vaccinated: This is not true. Health professionals have mandatory vaccination to protect the rest of us.

Wearing face masks are the best way to prevent getting H1N1: Nope, many of the facemasks being sold do not stop particulates small enough to stop the flu. The best thing that you can do to prevent getting the flu is to wash your hands often. If you think that you are getting sick, stay home. Also, stay away from other people until at least one day after your fever goes away.

We must all try our best to stay informed about the swine flu and all other diseases. We must all do our part to minimize the spread of the flu. Follow the recommendations posted from the World Health Organization and only use products that have been tested and approved by the FDA. There are a lot of websites that offer good advice, but make sure that you check with the Center for Disease Control (cdc.gov) for current information about the swine flu.


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