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How to protect yourself from swine flu

Updated on October 28, 2009

what is swine flu

Swine flu

Swine Influenza (swine flu) is a respiratory disease of pigs that is caused by type A influenza viruses. There are regular outbreaks among pigs of swine flu.

Normally people do not contact swine flu but there have been cases where human have been infected. In addition, swine flu has been reported to spread from person-to-person but until recently this transmission has been limited.

The present swine flu that is making the news is known as swine influenza A (H1N1) and is a different strain than any previous.

Swine influenza A (H1N1) virus is contagious and is spreading from human to human.

The symptoms of this new form of swine flu are similar to those of a regular human flu. The symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches; headache, chills, fatigue and some people have reported diarrhea and vomiting associated with swine flu.

At the moment there is no vaccine developed to inoculate people against this new flu, however, there are efforts underway to create on.

Health agencies around the world are actively involved in monitoring, advising and developing a vaccine.

In order to reduce your chances of contracting swine flu, you need to do all of the following steps.

The most important thing you can do is regularly wash your hands. In addition, now is the best time to begin to take good care of yourself; get enough sleep, exercise, drink plenty of fluids, especially water and eat a balanced diet.

You also need to avoid if at all possible surfaces that may have been contaminated with the flu virus. One suggestion, I will offer is when you go to a grocery store, for example, take advantage of the hand wipes, many have in a dispenser near the carts, wipe the cart.

You can back this up by carrying your own hand wipes and using them before touching taps, cart handles and so on. I do this regularly.

Also do your best to avoid people who are sick, if you think you are coming down with something and are able to, take the day off ,and call your doctor. If at all possible, avoid close contact with people who are sick.

These steps make good sense even if the swine flu virus was not out there; they all help to reduce the spread of the common cold and regular flu and make simple good sense.

So do yourself, and other,s a favour take a few sensible precautions and help yourself and others stay healthy.


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  • Bob Ewing profile image

    Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick

    You are welcome, thanks for dropping by.

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    Sarah_Callahan 8 years ago

    Thanks for useful information...

  • Bob Ewing profile image

    Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick

    You are welcome, thanks for dropping by.

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    Anamika S 8 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

    That's a timely hub you have here. Thanks for the useful information.

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    Trow 8 years ago

    Good Hub, very explicative, and not just this one, you have other good hubs hehe!

    If you like, i have a post about the Swine Flu too, take a read ;)


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    siva 8 years ago

    this is nice article and get more information from myself and family, similarly we found one more web site about swine flu

  • Bob Ewing profile image

    Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks for the CDC link/updare

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    Staci-Barbo7 8 years ago from North Carolina

    Good Hub, Bob.  A good common sense approach to preventing the spread of the swine flu is the approach needed rather than succumbing to panic.

    Susan, although there has been much reported in the media about this swine flu due to its being a novel strain, I don't necessarily believe it's fair to say that it's more deadly than other strains of the flu virus.  There are numerous deaths from flu every year, particulaly those with an underlying medical condition that compromises their immunity.  The CDC estimates that an average of 36,000 people died every year during the 1990's from flu and flu-related complications. According to the CDC, there have been close to 34,000 cases of swine flu in the United States, with 170 resulting deaths.

    The CDC states on their website, "The WHO designation of a pandemic alert Phase 6 reflects the fact that there are now ongoing community level outbreaks in multiple parts of world. WHO’s decision to raise the pandemic alert level to Phase 6 is a reflection of the spread of the virus, NOT THE SEVERITY OF ILLNESS CAUSED BY THE VIRUS." [Emphasis added].

    This is the link to the CDC's updated page on the H1N1 Novel Flu as of July 2, 2009:

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    Susan Ng Yu 8 years ago

    I heard in the news last night that a pregnant woman died of swine flu in some province here in the Philippines. What is it about this H1N1 virus that makes it so deadly? :o

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    frogyfish 8 years ago from Central United States of America

    Bob, would like you to consider my hub on Swine Flu, for there are several valuable herbal and natural remedies available for any viral illness. We need to pass this information on to anyone who wants to learn/listen. Thanks!

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    Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick

    The measures listed here are viable for any type of flu and colds as well. Thanks for the link.

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    TacoRecipes 8 years ago from Norway

    Very good article on swine flu by Dr Mercola: