How to Protect you and your Family during the Swine Flu Pandemic
As it spreads
It is well known that the Swine Flu Virus or H1N1 has become a Global Pandemic. The toll of confirmed cases reach close to one million. It has spread to every State in the United States as well as the UK, Mexico, China and many more. It is Global.
veryone is at Risk. Pregnant Women, Elderly and those with underlying medical issues or immuno compromising illnesses are at the top of the risk factor. How do we keep ourselves and family prepared and safe?
Simple Measure to Keep You Safe
Washing your hands correctly is one of the most important steps. Especially if you work in childcare, the school system, retail or restaurant business. It doesn't matter what kind of soap you use, it matters if you wash your hands properly. Most people prefer Antibacterial or Antimicrobial Soap but this is not necessary. There has been much debate in the news about the effectivness of these types of soap and the cost is quite higher than regular handsoap. Use whatever soap you choose, just do it often and correct. Below is a video of how to wash your hands.
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Vitamin C is one of the best vitamins recommended to take even if you are not exposed to colds and flu. Vitamin C is found in fruits and veggies and can be taken in pill form. The amount of Vitamin C you should intake varies. Read the label carefully.
Zinc is also a great mineral that speeds in healing. It is found in creams for rashes, it has great healing properties.
Probiotics is recommended to keep the intestinal track healthy. The Digestive Track plays a large role in your body developing immunity. There are many kinds of these to pick from, Ask your pharmacist what he prefers.
Your Children and Daycare
The incubation period of the Swine Flu is 24-72 hours, depending on resistance and exposure. Your child if exposed the the swine flu will already be sick before you realize it. Day Care is a must for some. Please check with your Day Care to ensure they are following protocol necessary for this Pandemic. If the Swine Flu is in your county or close neighborhood do not take your child to Day Care. If you have no other choice make sure your child takes their vitamins, eats healthy and get him vaccinated. If you notice any unusual changes in your child's behavior or even the slightest fever, take him to the pediatrician or Health Department. Children usually "act out" when they don't feel well. They don't know how to explain it. Bathe your child as soon as he comes home from Day Care, wash their clothes, and wipe down their carry-all if an infant, toys and bottles. Anything that could have come in contact with the viral germ.
If you are Pregnant, Allergic to Eggs or under six months of age you can't get the vaccination. The Center For Disease Control states that their will be enough of vaccinations available by September. That is 3 months of keeping your self safe on your own. Contact your Local Health Department to find out when the vaccine will be available.