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How to protect your family against Swine Flu or AH1N1

Updated on May 12, 2011

AH1N1 is a new strain of flu virus, although flu virus is always with us (because they are air borne) this new strain a more dangerous compared to a normal flu. A new strain of flu emerges every few years.The 2009 swine flu outbreak in humans is due to a new strain of influenza A virus subtype H1N1 that contains genes closely related to swine influenza. The origin of this new strain is unknown. AH1N1 is know to be a pandemic kind of disease.

A pandemic (from Greek pan all + demos people) is an epidemic of infectious disease that spreads through populations across a large region; for instance a continent, or even worldwide.

Health Practices

Protect yourself and your family

These healthy tips and habits will keep you and your family safe so always keep these in mind. Be Alert, Be Keen, and Be Aware!

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hands cleaners are also effective.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • If you get sick, CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.

There is no vaccine available at this time, so it is important for people living in these areas to take steps to prevent spreading the virus to others.


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      jimmy douaihy 8 years ago


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      isyan 8 years ago

      glad to be of any help.. :)

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      bleacher 8 years ago

      thanks for this hub.. now I know how to protect myself and my kids from the influenze virus... god blezz!