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How to Prevent Getting H1N1 Flu or Swine Flu

Updated on September 24, 2009

What You Can Do To Prevent Getting Swine Influenza or H1N1 Flu

On June 10, 2009 the World Health Organization finally raised the level of concern about the H1N1 Flu to a level 6. H1N1 Flu has become the first 21st century flu pandemic. WHO Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan was quoted as saying "With today's announcement, WHO moves from an emergency to a longer-term response. Based on past experience, this pandemic will be with us for some months, if not years, to come."

Now that the H!N1 flu has become an official global epidemic and claimed many lives, many people are likely to become anxious that they might catch the H1N1 flu otherwise known as the Swine Flu.

The CDC reminds us that the "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."

There are several very simple things one can do to prevent or minimize your chances of getting the swine flu and the regular flu.

These include finding out more about the illness from reliable sources, learning how serious swine flu is, learn what can be done prevent it, discovering what symptoms to watch for and when to seek additional treatment.

Also included is some interesting information about the history of Swine Influenza and Swine Flu as a Zoonosis or an infectious disease that can be transmitted from animals to humans.

Image Source: CDC. Swine Influenza in Pigs and People. Brochure.

Four Key Steps to Prevent Getting the H1N1 Flu

The four key things to do that will help in preventing you from getting the H1N1 Flu or Swine Flu:

1. Wash Your Hands

2. Cover Your Cough

3. Don't Touch Your Face

4. Stay Away from People Who are Sick

If you do get sick, stay home so you won't pass it on to anyone else.

Source: CDC H1N1 Flu.

Staying Healthy During the H1N1 Season

Keeping Students (and others) Healthy During the H1N1 Season

These recommendations for keeping students healthy during H1N1 outbreak come from my friend, Dr. Jennifer Shu of CNN.com:

1. Follow healthy basic hygiene practices.

Encourage students to wash their hands or use a hand sanitizer frequently and to avoid touching the eyes, nose and mouth, where germs can easily enter the body.

2. Keep surfaces clean.

Use a disinfectant to clean commonly shared surfaces at least daily and when visibly soiled.

3. Keep sick students at a distance.

Try spacing desks as far apart as possible to avoid close contact between students. It may also be helpful, especially for individuals at high risk for complications from the flu, to stay at least 6 feet away from sick people.

4. Go home.

Sick students and teachers should go home or stay home if they are too ill to participate in classroom activities. In addition, they should not return until any fever has been gone for at least 24 hours.

5. Follow the latest health recommendations.

H1N1 guidelines may be a moving target since it is still not well known how the virus will affect individuals and communities.

6. Play down perfect attendance.

Some kids (and parents) try so hard for an end-of-the-year perfect attendance award that it can be tempting to go to school even for a few hours to avoid being counted as "absent."

7. Promote home-based learning.

If children feel well enough to study while they're recovering, send some schoolwork home or use an online learning program so they can keep up with lessons.

Source: Dr. Jennifer Shu. CNN.com

Have Some Fun Learning about the H1N1 Flu

The H1N1 Rap

The H1N1 Rap was written, composed, produced, and performed by John D. Clarke, MD, FAAFP. This music video is a fun, highly educational, and entertaining way to learn about prevention of the H1N1 virus.

2009 Flu Prevention PSA Contest

On July 9th of this year, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced a video PSA contest on flu prevention. Americans were called to create a 15, 30, or 60 second video promoting good hygienic practices and submit this video over YouTube. This video was to inform people about the flu and motivate them to take steps that help prevent the spread of the flu.

The winner received $2500 in cash and is featured on national television. Congratulations to Dr. John Clarke of Baldwin, New York for his video entitled H1N1 Rap by Dr. Clarke.

Learn about Flu Prevention from Elmo

Elmo Good Habits PSA with Sec Sebelius on YouTube

Secretary Sebelius and Elmo encouraged kids to practice good habits like hand washing to stay healthy and happy.

PSA (Public Service Announcements) from Elmo

A series of public services announcements featuring Elmo aimed at teaching children how to stay happy and healthy this flu season by washing their hands and sneezing into their elbow.

Recommendations for the H1N1 Vaccine

Recommended Groups to Receive the H1N1 Vaccine for Novel Influenza A

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) met today to make recommendations for use of vaccine against novel influenza A (H1N1).

The committee recommended the vaccination efforts focus on five key populations. The key populations include those who are at higher risk of disease or complications, those who are likely to come in contact with novel H1N1, and those who could infect young infants.

The total number of people in the United States that make up these groups is approximately 159 million people.

When vaccine is first available, the committee recommended that programs and providers try to vaccinate the groups listed below.

Source: CDC. July 29, 2009. CDC Advisers Make Recommendations for Use of Vaccine Against Novel H1N1.

  • Pregnant women
  • People who live with or care for children younger than 6 months of age,
  • Health care and emergency services personnel,
  • Persons between the ages of 6 months through 24 years of age, and
  • People from ages 25 through 64 years who are at higher risk for novel H1N1 because of chronic health disorders or compromised immune systems.

H1N1 Vaccine Priorities - Video

A CDC control advisory committee made it clear who should be first in line to receive the H1N1 vaccine, including pregnant women and child care providers. Dr. Jennifer Ashton reports.

Who Should Get the H1N1 Vaccine?

When vaccine is first available, the CDC recommends that the following groups be vaccinated:

* Pregnant women

* People who live with or care for children < 6 months

* Health care and emergency services personnel

* Persons between the ages of 6 months - 24 years of age

* People from ages 25 - 64 years who are at higher risk for novel H1N1 because of chronic health disorders or compromised immune systems.

Source: CDC. July 29, 2009. CDC Advisors Make Recommendations for Use of Vaccine Against Novel H1N1.

Special Considerations for Pregnant Women

It is known that that pregnant women are more likely to get sick than others and have more serious problems with seasonal flu and the H1N1 flu because of their lowered immune systems with the pregnancy. Because of this the CDC is recommending that pregnant women be the first group immunized against the H1N1 virus.

The CDC is recommending that pregnant women who will likely be in direct contact with patients with confirmed, probable, or suspected influenza A (H1N1) (e.g., a nurse, physician, or respiratory therapist caring for hospitalized patients), should consider reassignment to lower-risk activities, such as telephone triage.

If reassignment is not possible, pregnant women should avoid participating in procedures that may generate increased small-particle aerosols of respiratory secretions in patients with known or suspected influenza.

The H1N1 Flu is officially the

first 21st century flu pandemic.

WHO Declares Influenza A(H1N1) Pandemic

The official video announcement from the WHO.

Dr Margaret Chan speaks to the media at the agency's headquarters in Geneva, on the 11th of June 2009. On the basis of available evidence and expert assessments of the evidence, the scientific criteria for an influenza pandemic have been met. The Director-General of WHO has therefore decided to raise the level of influenza pandemic alert from phase 5 to phase 6. "The world is now at the start of the 2009 influenza pandemic," she said at a press conference today.

H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu) Declared a Level 6

The World Health Organization declared a swine flu pandemic Thursday June 10, 2009 as infections in the United States, Europe, Australia, South America and elsewhere climbed to nearly 30,000 cases.

Hand Washing is the single most important means of preventing

the spread of infection.

What is H1N1 Flu, Swine Flu, Swine Influenza?

According to the CDC, H1N1 (swine flu) is a type of influenza or flu virus (type A influenza) that regularly causes outbreaks of influenza in people. This new strain can spread between people.

Most people infected with this virus in the United States have had mild disease, but some have had more severe illness, and there has been at least one death.

Young children, pregnant women, and people with chronic diseases like asthma, diabetes, or heart disease may be at higher risk for complications from this infection.

The classical swine flu virus (an influenza type A H1N1 virus) was first isolated from a pig in 1930.

Image: C. S. Goldsmith and A. Balish, CDC. Swine Flu Virus. Public Domain.

H1N1 Flu = Swine Flu

Severity of H1N1 May Not Be as Much as Feared

I know that in every state, it's really easy to focus on the numbers, but I think right now, the numbers don't tell us as much as the trends.

Our assessment is that transmission here in the US is ongoing, that this is a very transmissible virus, similar to the seasonal influenza viruses.

Fortunately, the severity of illness that we are seeing at this point doesn't look as terrible as a category five kind of pandemic or the severity of impact that some had feared.

Dr Anne Schuchat

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Swine Influenza from the CDC

Dr. Joe Bresee with the CDC Influenza Division describes swine flu - its signs and symptoms, how it's transmitted, medicines to treat it, steps people can take to protect themselves from it, and what people should do if they become ill.

Gripe porcina (Swine Flu) In Spanish from the CDC

En este video, Ana Rivera, Asesor de Salud Publica para los CDC, describe la influenza o gripe porcina: sus signos y síntomas, cómo se transmite, los medicamentos para su tratamiento, las medidas que las personas pueden tomar para protegerse de esta enfermedad y lo que deben hacer las personas si se enferman.

Translation:

In this video, Ana Rivera, Public Health Advisor for the CDC, described the swine flu, or influenza: signs and symptoms, how it is transmitted, drugs for treatment, measures that people can take to protect themselves from this disease and what to do if people get sick.

Please Don't Panic

Find out how to keep yourself

and your family healthy.

Should I be alarmed about the H1N1 Flu?

In a message sent to all AMA (American Medical Association) Doctors from current President Dr. Nancy Nielson, she urged physicians to be on "alert" rather than "alarm."

  • While right now the appropriate stance is "alert" rather than "alarm," let's examine the role of practicing physicians, and our AMA, in this circumstance of a new influenza virus that seems more virulent in young adults and against which we don't have immunity.
  • Each of us needs to be vigilant when seeing patients with acute respiratory symptoms
  • . Although the clinical illness caused by this swine flu virus has been mild in the U.S., it has not been mild in Mexico, as you know from news reports. In case you are confronted with a patient with possible influenza (recognizing that the "usual" seasonal influenza season is over), here are some important considerations.
  • Take a travel history from anyone with significant acute respiratory illness. Take appropriate precautions yourself, wearing an N95 respirator or a surgical mask/gown/gloves. Do a nasopharyngeal swab, put it in viral transport media and send to the appropriate clinical lab at your hospital. Dispose of gown, gloves and goggles in a biohazard bag.
  • Pay strict attention to hand washing with soap/water or hand sanitizer
  • .
  • Note that public health budgets are stretched, so
  • don't do swabs for viral isolation on folks who seem to have the common cold!
Source: AMA. April 30, 2009. AMA President Dr. Nancy Nielsen on H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu): A Message to Physicians.

What are good reliable sources of information?

In the midst of an outbreak such as this it is important to turn to reputable sources of information for updates. Agencies like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, PandemicFlu.gov, MedlinePlus and the World Health Organization and Organizations like the American Medical Association and reputable news agencies are good choices.

  1. CDC - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  2. PandemicFlu.gov
  3. WHO - World Health Organization
  4. American Medical Association
  5. MedlinePlus - From the National Institutes of Health and Department of Health & Human Services
  6. Reputable News Agencies - CNN Health, MSNBC Health, WebMD.

Reputable Resources for Information on the Swine Flu

With so much news coverage about the Swine Flu in the midst of an outbreak such as this it is important to turn to reputable sources of information for updates.

Updates on the Swine Flu from the CDC

Information about the H1N1 flu from the latest issue of MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report) released early to update people about the Novel Influenza A (H1N1) Virus Infections (formerly swine flu).

  • Since mid-April 2009, CDC, state and local health authorities in the United States, the World Health Organization (WHO), and health ministries in several countries have been responding to an outbreak of influenza caused by a novel influenza A (H1N1) virus.
  • In March and early April 2009, Mexico experienced outbreaks of respiratory illness subsequently confirmed by CDC and Canada to be caused by the novel virus. The influenza strain identified in U.S. patients was genetically similar to viruses isolated from patients in Mexico.
  • Since recognition of the novel influenza A (H1N1) virus in Mexico and the United States, as of May 6, a total of 21 additional countries had reported cases, with a total of 1,882 confirmed cases worldwide
  • Early surveillance data from this outbreak suggest that the novel influenza A (H1N1) virus has the potential for efficient, rapid spread among countries. Although the illness associated with infection generally seems self-limited and uncomplicated, a substantial number of cases of severe disease and death has been reported in previously healthy young adults and children.
  • Several characteristics of this outbreak appear unusual compared with a typical influenza seasonal outbreak.
  • First, the percentage of patients requiring hospitalization appears to be higher than would be expected during a typical influenza season.
  • Second, the age distribution of hospitalizations for novel influenza A (H1N1) virus infection is different than that of hospitalizations for seasonal influenza, which typically occur among children aged < 2 years, adults aged > 65 years, and persons with chronic health conditions. In Mexico and the United States, the percentage of patients requiring hospitalization has been particularly high among persons aged 30--44 years.
There still appears to be cause for concern:

  • The novel influenza A (H1N1) virus has been circulating in North America largely after the peak influenza transmission season. For that reason, the epidemiology and severity of the upcoming influenza season in the southern hemisphere or in the northern hemisphere cannot be predicted.
  • The imminent onset of the season for influenza virus transmission in the southern hemisphere, coupled with detection of confirmed cases in several countries in the southern zone, raise concern that spread of novel influenza A (H1N1) virus *might* result in large-scale outbreaks during upcoming months.
Source:

MMWR Weekly. Update: Novel Influenza A (H1N1) Virus Infections --- Worldwide, May 6, 2009. 58(17);453-458

Swine Influenza (Flu) in Pigs and People - CDC Brochure

One of the best places to get started is by reading this brochure on the Swine Influenza (Flu) in Pigs and People comes from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

In this 2 page pdf file brochure information is provided on:

  • Swine Flu Virus Infections in Pigs
  • Qs & As about Swine Flu
  • What You Can Do
  • Flu Can Spread from Pigs to People and from People to Pigs
They also offer some additional resources for more information.

You can download the brochure from the CDC's website or from News 10 in Sacramento, CA if the CDC's site is busy.

What are the symptoms of Swine Flu?

Symptoms of swine flu in people are similar to the symptoms of regular human flu and include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue.

It is important to realize that many people who have Swine Flu are better in a couple of days.

The human symptoms of swine flu are similar to the symptoms of seasonal influenza. The symptoms may include:

  1. Fever (greater than 100°F or 37.8°C)
  2. Sore throat
  3. Cough
  4. Stuffy nose
  5. Chills
  6. Headache and body aches
  7. Fatigue
  8. Some people have reported diarrhea.
  9. Some have reported vomiting.

Symptoms of Swine Flu - From the CDC

Dr. Joe Bresee, with CDC's Influenza Division, describes the symptoms of swine flu and warning signs to look for that indicate the need for urgent medical attention.

Symptoms of Swine Flu

Image Source: Mikael Häggström. Symptoms of Swine Flu. Wikimedia. Public Domain.

How serious is the Swine Flu?

According to the CDC - swine flu in humans can vary in severity from mild to severe. Between 2005 until January 2009, 12 human cases of swine flu were detected in the U.S. with no deaths occurring.

Swine flu infection can be serious. In September 1988, a previously healthy 32-year-old pregnant woman in Wisconsin was hospitalized for pneumonia after being infected with swine flu and died 8 days later.

A swine flu outbreak in Fort Dix, New Jersey occurred in 1976 that caused more than 200 cases with serious illness in several people and one death.

The 2009 outbreak has already claimed one death in the United States as of April 29, 2009.

Many people who get Swine Flu are better in a couple of days.

What are the WHO Pandemic Levels?

A Medscape article from April 29, 2009 on Swine Flu One Step Closer to Pandemic reviews the different alert levels used by the WHO's to determine if something is a pandemic:

  • Phase 1: A virus in animals has caused no known infections in humans.
  • Phase 2: An animal flu virus has caused infection in humans.
  • Phase 3: Sporadic cases or small clusters of disease occur in humans. Human-to-human transmission, if any, is insufficient to cause community-level outbreaks.
  • Phase 4: The risk for a pandemic is greatly increased but not certain. The disease-causing virus is able to cause community-level outbreaks.
  • Phase 5: Still not a pandemic, but spread of disease between humans is occurring in more than one country of one WHO region.
  • Phase 6: This is the pandemic level. Community-level outbreaks are in at least one additional country in a different WHO region from phase 5. A global pandemic is under way.

The H1N1 Flu is officially a Level 6.

What can I do to prevent getting Swine Flu?

The CDC reminds us that preventing getting the Swine Flu involves taking some very simple precautions that people would normally take to stay healthy.

Influenza spreads mainly person-to-person through coughing or sneezing of infected people, so you want to minimize coughing and sneezing and minimize contact with infected people.

  1. Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze.

    Alcohol-based hands cleaners are also effective.

  2. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.

    Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.

  3. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

    Germs spread that way.

  4. When possible avoid close contact with sick people.

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One of the most effective way to prevent getting a virus is to practice good hand washing and hand hygiene.

The Method brand hand soap cleans your hands safely and effectively without harsh chemicals. The soap is made from naturally derived, biodegradable ingredients, including Vitamin E and aloe that are safe for your skin and the environment.

Hand Sanitizers Available on Amazon

Hand Sanitizers work well if you don't have access to soap and water. You can carry some in your bag or pack and keep some on your desk.

Cover Your Mouth, Cough in a Sleeve

How does the flu spread? How close can I get to someone with the flu?

The H1N1 influenza virus spreads the same way that seasonal flu spreads--from person to person through coughing or sneezing of people with influenza.

People may become infected by touching something with flu viruses on it and then touching their mouth or nose.

Infected people may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 7 or more days after becoming sick. This means that people can pass on the flu to someone else before knowing they are sick as well as passing on the flu while they are sick.

People are being advised to avoid close contact with sick people and stay at least six feet away from people who are sick.

Why all of the face masks?

One of the images associated with the H1N1 Flu is that of people wearing masks over their faces. It appears that the real value of wearing a mask is to keep those who have the virus from spreading it to others.

People are currently advised to avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of the flu and to stay at least 6 feet away.

The CDC has helpful information for those who need to take care of a sick person in the home. If one must have close contact with a sick person like when holding a sick infant, the CDC advises spending the least amount of time possible in close contact and wear a surgical mask or N95 disposable respirator.

Image: CDC. Interim Guidance for H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu): Taking Care of a Sick Person in Your Home. Government Website.

More Resources on the H1N1 Flu by Dr. Dyer

More articles on the Swine Flu from the General Medicine and the Parenting Resources sections of Suite 101.

How do people get the Swine Flu?

Swine flu is an acute respiratory disease of pigs caused by a tiny spheroid virus that belongs to the Influenza A virus group. It is also know as swine influenza, or this variant by the name of the virus H1N1.

Symptoms of swine flu in swine herds include fever, inactivity, nasal discharge, labored breathing, mouth breathing, and paroxysmal coughing when the pigs are moved.

Usually swine flu does not infect people. In the past few human cases that have occurred have been with people who have had direct contact with pigs.

The current swine flu outbreak is different. It has been caused by a new swine flu virus that has spread from person to person, which allows the virus to be transmitted among people who have not had any contact with pigs.

Sources:

Hitti M. Swine Flu FAQ. WebMD.

SEMP Inc. What is Swine Flu?. Biot Report #162: January 09, 2005

Image: Cynthia Turek. Piggy. Royalty Free Use.

Pigs and People

Image Source: CDC. Swine Influenza in Pigs and People. Brochure.

How Viruses May Be Transmitted By Different Species

Possible mechanisms for the introduction of novel influenza A viruses into the human population including direct transmission of entire bird or swine viruses or transmission of reassortant viruses.

Source: Carolyn Buxton Bridges, MD, Influenza Branch, Division of Viral and Rickettsial Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia: "Human influenza viruses and the potential for inter-species transmission." Available at: What Is Swine Flu?

What should I do if I get sick?

The CDC recommends if you get sick with the Swine Flu:

  • Stay home from work or school.
  • Limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.
  • Watch for concerning symptoms.

In addition you should follow public health advice regarding school closures, avoiding crowds and other social distancing measures.

Image: Modified Microsoft Image.

What should I do if I think it's the flu?

The two things to do if you think it's the flu:

  • 1. Take care of yourself (or child).
  • 2. Monitor yourself (or child) for worsening of symptoms.
Managing the flu means being sure to provide relieve of symptoms (like fever) being sure to keep the sick person well-hydrated.

The caregiver will want to make sure that the sick person is drinking enough water and taking food as tolerated.

The CDC advises using anti-pyretic (fever reducing) medications to relieve fever such as acetaminophen or non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Any Aspirin or aspirin-containing products (e.g. bismuth subsalicylate - Pepto Bismol) *should not be* administered to any confirmed or suspected ill case of novel influenza A (H1N1) virus infection.

Source:

CDC: What To Do if You Get Flu-Like Symptoms.

When should I get additional treatment?

In children emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention include:

  • * Fast breathing or trouble breathing
  • * Bluish skin color
  • * Not drinking enough fluids
  • * Not waking up or not interacting
  • * Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held
  • * Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough
  • * Fever with a rash
In adults, emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention include:

  • * Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • * Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
  • * Sudden dizziness
  • * Confusion
  • * Severe or persistent vomiting
Any child or adult showing these different signs and symptoms should promptly seek medical treatment.

Who is at risk for Swine Flu?

It is important to realize that many people who have Swine Flu are better in a couple of days. People with good healthy immune systems should be able to fight off a swine flu infection.

Swine flu may become more of a problem for those who have compromised immune systems, the elderly, children and women who are pregnant; these groups of people are not able to fight off the infection as easily. In addition like the seasonal flu, swine flu may cause a worsening of underlying chronic medical conditions, often seen in the elderly.

Parents and caregivers need to watch those with compromised immune systems, chronic medical conditions, the elderly, children and women who are pregnant.

Image: M Nota. Little girl and grandpa. Royalty Free Use.

How do I talk to my child about the H1N1 Flu (Formerly Swine Flu)?

The CDC is offering parents some useful advice for helping children understand the H1N1 Flu, which is making a lot of headlines in the news.

They caution that "stressful situations often cause children to worry and have many questions as to why it is happening and how it can be fixed."

They also remind parents of the importance of remembering to take care of your health and well-being as well as the health of your children.

Here are some additional helpful suggestions and information from Advice for Parents on Talking to Children About Novel H1N1 Flu (Formerly Swine Flu) Concerns regarding talking to your child or children about the Swine Flu:

  1. Keep activities as consistent and normal as possible even if your normal routine changes (due to daycare or school closures).
  2. Ask your children what they have heard about novel H1N1 flu. Answer questions openly and honestly, at a level they can understand. Be concrete and do not avoid difficult questions.
  3. Allow your children to express their feelings and concerns. Let them know it is okay to be afraid or mad. Ask questions so you can help them identify and cope with their feelings.
  4. Children always need to feel safe and loved. When they are uncertain about situations and afraid they may need even more affection and attention.
  5. Limit exposure to media and adult conversations about novel H1N1 flu . If your children are watching T.V. try to watch with them or make sure you are available to answer questions about what they have heard.
  6. As appropriate, encourage healthy behaviors: eating well, sleeping well, playing outside.
  7. Use their questions as an opportunity to let them know what they can do to avoid getting novel H1N1 flu.

Are there medications for treating Swine Flu?

According to the CDC there are four different antiviral drugs that are licensed for use in the US for the treatment of influenza: amantadine, rimantadine, oseltamivir and zanamivir.

It appears that the most recent swine influenza viruses isolated from humans are resistant to amantadine and rimantadine.

Therefore at this time, CDC recommends the use of oseltamivir or zanamivir for the treatment and/or prevention of infection with swine influenza viruses.

CDC Recommendation

CDC recommends the use of oseltamivir or zanamivir for the treatment and/or prevention of infection with swine influenza viruses.

  • * Oseltamivir (brand name Tamiflu ®) is approved to both treat and prevent influenza A and B virus infection in people one year of age and older.
  • * Zanamivir (brand name Relenza ®) is approved to treat influenza A and B virus infection in people 7 years and older and to prevent influenza A and B virus infection in people 5 years and older.
Recommendations for using antiviral drugs for treatment or prevention of swine influenza will change as we learn more about this new virus.

Check with your physician to find out if you would need to take one of these medications to prevent or treat Swine Flu.

If you have symptoms seek medical care.

Antiviral medications may help relieve symptoms and decrease the severity of the flu.

Should I be traveling Now?

As we know, Human cases of swine influenza A (H1N1) virus infection have been identified in the United States and several countries around the world. Traveling from one infected area to another or one country to another can spread the disease.

CDC has NOT recommended that people avoid domestic travel.

CDC recommends that U.S. travelers avoid all nonessential travel to Mexico.

WHO is *not* recommending travel restrictions related to the outbreak of the influenza A (H1N1) virus. Today, international travel moves rapidly, with large numbers of individuals visiting various parts of the world.

They feel based on experience with prior outbreaks that limiting travel and imposing travel restrictions would have very little effect on stopping the virus from spreading, but would be highly disruptive to the global community.

Avoid Nonessential Travel to Mexico

More information about Traveling in light of the H1N1 Flu

The CDC recommends that U.S. travelers avoid all nonessential travel to Mexico. Changes to this recommendation will be posted at the Travel Section of the CDC website.

You can check their site for updates.

First U.S. Resident with a H1N1 Related Death in the United States

The first death of a U.S. resident with the Swine Flu was reported in Texas. The woman was a 33-year-old school teacher who had recently given birth to a healthy baby.

This woman had a "chronic underlying health conditions" which were made worse by getting exposed to the H1N1 flu.

Clean Hands Help Prevent the Flu from the CDC

Clean hands can help prevent the spread of infectious diseases, such as flu. This video explains the proper way to wash your hands.

Did you know you could get the flu after handling money?

Image: Modified Microsoft Image

Wash Your Hands after Handling Money

A 2008 article published in the American Society for Microbiology on the "Survival of Influenza Virus on Banknotes" is new being viewed in a new light with the H1N1 virus. The authors concluded that "unusual environmental contamination should be considered in the setting of pandemic preparedness." They found remnants of influenza virus surviving on paper money for 10 or more days.

According to the study, three things need to happen for any flu virus to be transmitted from one person to the next by handling money.

  • A person who has the virus needs to sneeze or cough onto the bill or blow their nose so mucus stays on the currency
  • A second person needs to touch the money while the virus is still viable (alive)
  • The second person then needs to person put his or her contaminated hand in their mouth or pick their nose, getting the virus into their mucous membranes
The bottom line in making sure that you don't pick up the flu virus from money is to make sure you wash your hands frequently. You might consider keeping hand sanitizer with you to use after handling money.

Other options are to use coins and credit cards. Coins are less likely to carry the virus for long periods of time. Since you keep you credit card it passes through fewer hands than cash does; this helps reduce the chance of contact with an infected individual.

What are the 4 things I need to do to prevent from getting the Swine Flu?

The 4 things you can do that will help in preventing from getting the Swine Flu:

1. Wash Your Hands

2. Cover Your Cough

3. Don't Touch Your Face

4. Stay Away from People Who are Sick

If you get sick, stay home, so you won't pass it on to anyone else.

New H1N1 Flu Books

Global Time Bomb in the Amazon Spotlight

Global Time Bomb: Surviving the H1N1 Swine Flu Pandemic and Other Global Health Threats
Global Time Bomb: Surviving the H1N1 Swine Flu Pandemic and Other Global Health Threats

Author John M. Dorrance provides information to identify, prevent, and treat H1N1 swine flu. Information for individuals, caregivers, as well as medical professionals is provided in this complete guide.

In addition to swine flu facts, information on other potential global health threats is included.

 

Where Can I Find Books & CD's on the H1N1 Flu?

New books and CD's on the H1N1 Flu.

How to Plan for a Pandemic

What can I do to plan for a pandemic?

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services' recommends the following steps on their Pandemic Flu website from their Pandemic Flu Planning Checklist to follow to help plan for a pandemic:

  • Store a two week supply of water and food.

    During a pandemic, if you cannot get to a store, or if stores are out of supplies, it will be important for you to have extra supplies on hand. This can be useful in other types of emergencies, such as power outages and disasters.

  • Periodically check your regular prescription drugs

    This ensures you have a continuous supply in your home.

  • Keep any nonprescription drugs and other health supplies on hand

    These over-the-counter drugs include pain relievers, stomach remedies, cough and cold medicines, fluids with electrolytes, and vitamins.

  • Continue the four basic steps to prevent from getting the flu.

    1. ) Wash Your Hands 2.) Cover Your Cough 3.) Don't Touch Your Face and 4.) Stay Away from People Who are Sick

Emergency Foods to Keep at Home

What foods should I keep at home for the pandemic?

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services' recommends the following foods to keep in the home to prepare for a pandemic on their Pandemic Flu website from their Pandemic Flu Planning Checklist:

  • Ready-to-eat canned meats, fish, fruits, vegetables, beans, and soups
  • Protein or fruit bars
  • Dry cereal or granola
  • Peanut butter or nuts
  • Dried fruit
  • Crackers
  • Canned juices
  • Bottled water
  • Canned or jarred baby food and formula
  • Pet food
  • Other non-perishable items

Emergency Health & Medical Supplies to Keep at Home

What other emergency supplies should I keep at home for the pandemic?

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services' recommends the following medical and health supplies to keep in the home to prepare for a pandemic on their Pandemic Flu website from their Pandemic Flu Planning Checklist:

  • Prescribed medical supplies such as glucose and blood-pressure monitoring equipment
  • Soap and water, or alcohol-based (60-95%) hand wash
  • Medicines for fever, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen
  • Thermometer
  • Anti-diarrheal medication
  • Vitamins
  • Fluids with electrolytes
  • Cleansing agent/soap
  • Flashlight
  • Batteries
  • Portable radio
  • Manual can opener
  • Garbage bags
  • Tissues, toilet paper, disposable diapers

Emergency Survival Kits Available on Amazon

Flu or no flu, an emergency survival kit is a good resource to have around...just in case there is a disaster.

Watch Out for H1N1 Flu Scams and Scammers

Be on the Alert for Swine Flu Scammers

Scammers read newspapers, watch TV and surf the Internet and they know that by using a hook from the day's top headlines, that they'll be able to catch lots of fish.

Right now, issues associated with swine flu and a potential pandemic are of global interest and that means scammers have a very large pond to go phishing in.

Steve Cox

BBB Spokesperson

Image: Home Office of Crime Reduction, U.K. Can you stop the person you care for from being scammed?. Government Website.

What can I do to avoid the Swine Flu Scams and H1N1 Flu Scammers?

Unfortunately, with all of the media hype over the Swine Flu, also comes the opportunists and the scammers trying to ride the coattails of a frightened public and scaring people to buy useless, ineffective products, resources and services.

As always the onus is on the public to figure out what is legitimate and what is a scam. Make sure you are informed about the Swine Flu and then be on the look out for those who are trying to prey on frightened people.

The BBB offers the following advice to avoid swine flu scams:

  • Avoid opening e-mail from an unknown source and do not click on any links in the body of the e-mail or open any attachments. Instead, delete the e-mail or report it to the Federal Trade Commission by forwarding the e-mail to spam@uce.gov.
  • Don't believe online offers for vaccinations against swine flu because a vaccine does not exist. For more information on swine flu and updates on progress in fighting the outbreak, go to www.cdc.gov/swineflu
  • Make sure your anti-virus and anti-spyware software is up to date and all operating system security patches have been installed. If your computer becomes infected as the result of a spam e-mail about swine flu, you can report it to the Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov.

Source: BBB. April 29, 2009. BBB Warns Against Swine Flu Scams: Scammers are creating their own epidemic of spam e-mails. Better Business Bureau.

News to Follow

Be Calm, but Cautious

President Obama

Weekly Address May 2, 2009

What is the Government doing about the H1N1 Flu?

In his weekly address President Obama outlines the government actions being taken to address the H1N1 Flu Virus on Saturday May 2, 2009.

More about the Government's Response to the H1N1 Flu

In his week's address, President Barack Obama outlined the quick and aggressive steps the federal government is taking to confront the challenge of the H1N1 flu virus.

President Obama noted, "While the strain in the United States has not been as potent as the one in Mexico, it is impossible to say that this virus will not mutate into something more deadly."

The steps the federal government is taking include:

  • Urging people with symptoms to stay home from work or school
  • Distributing antiviral treatments from the Strategic National Stockpile
  • Requesting $1.5 billion from Congress to invest in additional antivirals emergency equipment and the development of a vaccine
  • Launching MySpace, Facebook and Twitter pages to update the public as quickly and effectively as possible.
This list also includes links to social networks that you can join and follow the White House response to the H1N1 Flu.

Swine influenza A (H1N1) Outbreak from the SuperCourse

This JIT lecture on H1N1 (Swine Flu) is an exciting and outstanding overview of H1N1 (Swine Flu) from the Supercourse.

The lecture has been translate it into Arabic, Russian, Farsi, Spanish, and Vietnamese and other languages. Follow the links below to access the lecture.

How can I follow the H1N1 Flu or Swine Flu with maps? - H1N1 Flu Reports from July 2009

Map of Confirmed H1N1 Flu Cases in United States - July 22, 2009

By comparing this map from July 2009 with the map from May, you can see how many more cases of H1N1 Flu have been reported.

Source: FluTracker. Map of Confirmed cases by US county in quartiles.

More about FluTracker

This map and the data behind it were compiled by Dr. Henry Niman, a biomedical researcher in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, using technology provided by Rhiza Labs and Google.

The map was compiled using data from official sources, news reports and user-contributions.

FluTracker's Map - May 7, 2009

Map of Confirmed H1N1 Flu Cases in United States - May 7, 2009

Source: FluTracker. Map of Confirmed cases by US county in quartiles.

Initial Swine Flu Map Created with Google Maps

The first Swine Flu Map created with Google Maps to track the epidemic.

Google Map of the H1N1 Swine Flu

The Google Map has moved to FluTracker.

History of Swine Influenza

Is the Swine Flu related to the Spanish Flu?

According to the Wikipedia Article on Swine Flu, the swine flu is likely a descendant of the Spanish flu or more correctly referred to as the 1918 flu pandemic. This flu virus caused a devastating pandemic in humans in 1918-1919 and resulted in the deaths of 20 million people.

Descendants of this virus have persisted in pigs; they probably circulated in humans until the appearance of the Asian flu in 1957, and re-emerged in 1976.

Direct transmission from pigs to humans is rare, with only 12 cases in the U.S. since 2005.

Spanish Flu Hospital

Image: Public Library of Science Journal. Spanish Flu Hospital. Emergency military hospital during influenza epidemic. 1918 - 1919. Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 license. Wikimedia.

We're Better Prepared than 90 Years Ago

I think the world is infinitely better prepared

than it was 90 years ago.

Gregory Hartl

WHO spokesman

Referring to the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic

The Mysterious Flu of 1918 in the Amazon Spotlight

Purple Death : The Mysterious Flu of 1918
Purple Death : The Mysterious Flu of 1918

This medical history begins by describing how the influenza of 1918 spread across the world, infecting 2 billion people and killing 20 to 40 million at a time when people could not see a virus.

The second half of the book is devoted to the efforts of scientists, once the pandemic subsided, to determine its cause.

 

Books on the 1918 Flu Pandemic on Amazon

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      SIALicenceUK 5 years ago

      Wow, huge lens with tons of useful information about swine fu. Thumbs up

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      WindyWintersHubs 7 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Thanks for your valuable lens. Congrats on your Purple Star and Giant Squid Awards Nomination. A close family member of mine (who is very healthy) had the H1N1 Flu and was very sick for 10 days. It was terrible and it didn't help they had the regular flu two weeks before H1N1. Thanks to Tamiflu and bed rest they are better now (although their asymptomatic childhood asthma returned). Unfortunately they had a lot of antibiotics when they were little due to a bone infection from a tiny break in a finger and a burst appendix. It is tearful, too when they did everything to prevent it but we are happy they are finally better. :)

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      kimmanleyort 7 years ago

      Congratulations on your nomination. This lens covers it all.

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      sneakerz 7 years ago

      Informative and well written lens. If you didn't know how to stop H1N1 before, you will now. Keep it up.

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      momto4 lm 7 years ago

      What a useful lens! With four small children we're always looking for new information on how to keep out kids healthy. Thanks for sharing!

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      Alberto-Simmons 7 years ago

      great lens on hot topic now a days. This is very important to stay home when you get infected with H1N1, So its effect anyone else. Some nice useful Tips. Thanks

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      lasertek lm 7 years ago

      Great lens! Very informative. Will follow the key things to stay away from H1N1. From now on, I will wash my hands from time to time, cover my mouth when coughing, avoid touching my face especially when my hands are unclean and I'm at work, and I will definitely stay away from people who are sick. Thanks for coming up with this lens.

      Do visit my lens as well if you got time. Thanks again.

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      mhg0213 lm 7 years ago

      lol, I just started on Squidoo about 4 days ago. I'm a freelance writing and was gathering information on H1N1 for a client. Oddly enough I came across your lens. Very helpful, thank you!

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      Spook LM 7 years ago

      Wow, what an important lens for everybody. Blessed by an Angel.

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      KrisRoxas 7 years ago

      Lol, I actually have to make a video for a local Canadian group to get teenagers more aware of ways to prevent h1n1.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      This is great information! Thank you for the prevention tips, we've had a few cases at the school I work for. Needless to say I'm constantly washing my hands! :)

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      O_Johnson26 7 years ago

      This lens has very good information; the swine flu outbreak is just around the corner.

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      cc2786 7 years ago

      This is very interesting and well worth reading. I know someone who has just has swine flu and it is a horrible illness, so any people out there that are trying to help prevent the speread deserve my praise. great lens.

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      Eliminate-Cyst 7 years ago

      stupendous lens... im very cautious out there, wiping down shopping carts, carry santiser, washing hands when get home, and make sure to sneeze or cough in elbow of arm.

      5*

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      sonamuka 7 years ago

      Very nice and informative lens about H1N1 Swine Flue. Thanks for your contribution.

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      Artemus-Gordon 7 years ago

      Thanks for this informative lens. The college my daughter is attending has 40 cases as of today so I am trying to learn all I can about it.

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      slotowngal 7 years ago

      Thank you for a really great information source on Swine Flu. I have a daughter at college, and her school called all parents today with a pre-recorded message regarding the H1N1 virus.

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      biggly 8 years ago

      I'm in Japan and it's just starting to make the news again. Everyone will be out in their masks shortly. Keep your hands clean and away from your face, that's the key as far as I can see. Japanese are good at washing hands and swear by gargling every time they get home, too. Great informative lens. You've shown me how it's done.

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      jjj1 8 years ago

      As a parent of three year old twins with an elderly mother who suffers from asthma, I find the current situation frightening. Thank you for an informative lens.

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      Jonsky LM 8 years ago

      A very useful lens in very great detail. Thanks for sharing.

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      tcinvestor 8 years ago

      This is a really great lens and will become even more useful in the months ahead. I have added it to the featured lens list on my Live Smart lens and lens rolled there as well. Thanks for the great work.

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      houen lm 8 years ago

      One of the main reasons for flu related disease spread (both normal and others) is people touching a doorknob/handle with an infected hand (could be just wiping their nose), and another person doing the same and then scratching their eyes.

      This is because the eyes contain a mucous membrane, which can get infection.

      I always wipe my eyes using my sleeve up at the shoulder where i know i have not touched anything to prevent myself from spreading disease this way.

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      Frazen 8 years ago

      "Social distancing". We are getting distanced. Squidoo is the way to keep in contact~ :-)

      Good job!

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      Notagymbuff 8 years ago

      Thanks! This is a very educational one-stop lens about A(h1n1)! Very much appreciated!

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      AffiliatePounce 8 years ago

      Pretty detailed lens...congratulations.

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      DrJamesMartin 8 years ago

      thanks for the info...Awesome info thanks. Dr. James Martin

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      Lakota429 8 years ago

      Great lens!!! Terrific info! 5 stars!!! Smiles, Annie~

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      RaintreeAnnie 8 years ago from UK

      Highly informative and educative lens. Thank you for sharing all this valuable information.

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      Frankie Kangas 8 years ago from California

      Another great lens by the master. Great info and well laid out. Thanks for sharing this information about such an important topic today. Bear hugs, Frankie

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      gardenlady 8 years ago

      Amazing lens. Wonderful job putting all this together! Too much to read all at one time. I will bookmark it so I can come back and read it all. 5 stars to you, &amp; favoriting.

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      RebounderRonni 8 years ago

      Absolutely amazing lens! Thank you so much for taking the time to put all this together in one place. 5*s to you, and favoriting.

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      Somaliboy 8 years ago

      Great article ! 5*

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Excellent lens. 5*

      If you get a chance check out my Instant Stress Management lens.

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      TMZURVITA 8 years ago

      great lens.

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      TMZURVITA 8 years ago

      GREAT ARTICLE!

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      John_Blaisdale 8 years ago

      Amazing lens! Now, this is what compelling content is. Again, great job at compiling GOOD information that actually helps those in need by providing them with information that they can actually use.

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      tia122 8 years ago

      This is such important information and things that people need to know and be aware of. And this applies not only to swine flu but many other contagious illness. I have listed many remedies for illness at Ladat.

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      tcinvestor 8 years ago

      Great Lens with lots of details. One thing people need to seriously consider is future preparedness. Plan ahead because nothing could be worse than facing a crisis unprepared. Part of preparedness is getting as healthy as you can, beginning to use superfoods and greens based supplements along with proper nutrition. Stock up on alternative natural remedies and treatments like colloidal silver, occicillinum, probiotics, hydrogen peroxide etc. You may also want to consider food preparations and an emergency preparedness kit just in case this fall begins a process of more serious crisis. What do you think will happen to food distribution, transportation, energy, basic services etc if this makes the mutation and does become a real problem. Think, Plan, Act. Thanks Kirsti.

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      RobinForlongePa 8 years ago

      Good comprehensive cover!

      I hope you will consider lensrolling the Flu Wiki lens, an introduction to the Flu Wiki, which has links to information in over 90 languages and to health authorities in nearly two hundred countries. I'm about to lensroll this lens.

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      social media op 8 years ago

      Fantastic Lens

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      diamondrose1 8 years ago

      This is an informative lens about swine flu.

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      JoanneLMason 8 years ago

      Excellent lens...even with all of the information being presented in the news you still provided information that I was not aware of. Thanks for such a thorough explanation of the H1N1 flu.

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      Princeton LM 8 years ago

      Thanks for the lens... Thieves essential oi is also great to use to disinfect things... see my lenses on essential oils if you like!

      https://hubpages.com/health/Young-Living-Essential...

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      Chelilai 8 years ago

      I like the info on your site, but the blue section toward the top of your lens is practically impossible to read. You might consider changing the colors. :) Good job on this lens--very current and applicable.

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      vainika 8 years ago

      very helpful.thanks

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      howtosellebay 8 years ago

      I didn't expect that swine flu had been infecting people since the early yeas of the 70's, low media hype at this time, is a factor of a news quarantine.

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      Evelyn Saenz 8 years ago from Royalton

      Congratulations on the well deserved Purple Star Award!

      Thank you for so thoroughly covering all the details of how to prevent the spread to Swine Flu and other diseases.

      This lens is now featured on Cover Your Cough.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Thank you! This is very helpful to protect ourselves and our loved ones from this pandemic.

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      daoine lm 8 years ago

      Kirsti, as always you have produced an excellent and thorough resource. The advice on how to talk to your children about Swine Flu is a very thoughtful addition. Thank you for this lens.

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      HenryE LM 8 years ago

      What a thorough collection of information! Very interesting to read, yet not alarming like the media makes it out to be. I'll keep up the handwashing here in sunny Florida!

      Henry

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      frans240 8 years ago

      The Lens itself looks wonderfully organized jampacked with (censured) information sources. It's one thing to inform people, its another thing to also include NON traditional points of view not using it as evidence but for people in general to read and to come to a conclusion.

      Here is a piece of info taken from

      Media Censoring Lethal Side Effects Of Flu Remedies

      By Ralph Forbes

      Rumsfeld’s Tamiflu is worse than worthless. It kills people. Japan has banned it. Even the FDA—after review of nearly 600 cases of neuropsychiatric events reported by patients on Tamiflu and 115 cases of neuropsychiatric events by patients taking Relenza—has warned that Tamiflu’s label be strengthened to note: “In some cases, these behaviors resulted in serious injuries, including death, in adult and pediatric patients.”

      http://www.americanfreepress.net/html/flu_remedies...

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      bear123 8 years ago

      I appreciate the concern which is been rose. The things need to be sorted out because it is about the individual but it can be with everyone.

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      sexyrippedabs 8 years ago

      Excellent lens on swine flu. I am really impressed by the information collected and presented here. Thanks for taking the time and the effort to put up this lens to share the facts about swine flu. 5 stars!

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      megatypergirlbk 8 years ago

      Wow! This was amazing. I've never seen anything like it. A great example for new people like me to see. Now I know what exactly it is I'm supposed to be doing~

      Thanks for the information!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      great info and i like the immediacy of this lens... thanks for sharing..

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      danecramer 8 years ago

      Yep, that about says it all. Definitely coming back here if it gets worse. Thanks.

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      x3xsolxdierx3x lm 8 years ago

      Nice lens....I can tell that a lot of work went into it :) 5 stars..........I just graduated from nursing school, and, everything goes back to hand washing....

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      Anthony Godinho 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Excellent work...great lens!

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      Kathryn Darden 8 years ago

      What a fabulous, informative lens! May I add, if you live in Tennessee, there are some local Swine Flu contacts here: How to Prepare for Swine Flu in Tennessee

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Extremely informative.

      Ever hear about the MobiKey?

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      monarch13 8 years ago

      Great tips, living in Tucson has me concerned. My son has a fever and cough too :(. Rolled to Family Health and Safety Tips. PS- Congrats on your purple star.

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      yelixref2 8 years ago

      It's a good lens and informative.

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      jamiew23 8 years ago

      Good lens :) I here it's not really much worse than a normal flu. Last time one person died and 25 people died because of the vaccine given out :S Although that was back in 1977 :P

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      Ellen Brundige 8 years ago from California

      [in reply to quitsmokingguidance] The reason people were worried is that it took some time before the health authorities could be sure of the severity of this strain of flu. Early data from Mexico suggested more people were dying than was typical for flu, and more 20-30-year-olds were dying. If that trend had kept up, this would've been a serious pandemic. But either those early numbers were skewed, or the thing's mutated and become milder, so now we don't have to worry... just take sensible precautions. ("Mild flu" is still a PITA if it knocks out everybody in your workplace because someone was sick and didn't stay home.)

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      zhante 8 years ago

      Very good &amp; helpful hot current topic.

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      Ellen Brundige 8 years ago from California

      Thank you for restoring my faith in Squidoo, as much as anything. After finding someone with an utter SNAKE OIL lens, advertising "colloidial silver" as a guaranteed protection against swine flu about two days after the news broke -- before we knew what strain it was or how virulent it was -- I was boiling mad. (Obviously, this was just someone trying to make affiliate sales... which is fine, but not when people's health is at stake). Yours is a sensible, measured, accurate lens based on what the CDC and WHO are telling us, giving people the info they need to know to take precautions without panicking.

      It's just the blinkin' flu. At first we didn't know how nasty a flu strain it was and needed to be REALLY careful. It's still prudent to be careful, because even average flu can be dangerous for some (and is a PITA for all). But anyway. Good lens, rated to help it outrank the snake oil pages.

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      Chelilai 8 years ago

      Very nice and thorough job on your lens about swine flu. I learned a lot. Bravo!

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      CenaEliz 8 years ago

      This was very helpful reading. Though there are still no cases here in the Philippines , it is most important to frequently wash our hands. Good hygiene and proper diet - a healthy way of living can keep us away from all sorts of diseases.

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      quitsmokingguidance 8 years ago

      i don't get why ppl are all worried about this flu ,the death rate in this is really lower than all the other major diseases ,and vaccines are being researched already ,so why is all this coverage about this so much...

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      thanks for useful info.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      This by far the best source of information I have seen to date about the swine flu.

      Wonderful helpful lens for our health. - Susie

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      EpicFarms 8 years ago

      Great lens ~ lots of good information. Working in a school system, I'd have to say STAY HOME is the A#1 biggest thing (you wouldn't believe how many parents send their kids to school sick to share their germs with the rest of us :oP Nice job and congratulations on your purple star! :o)

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      VarietyWriter2 8 years ago

      Awesome lense!

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      hazelshealthmat 8 years ago

      interesting lens

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      Tony Payne 8 years ago from Southampton, UK

      This is a very good and useful lens on a very important topical subject. 5***** well deserved. I now know a lot more than I did about Swine Flu. I also think it's important to keep a healthy immune system, and keep (mostly!) to a very healthy diet, and have plenty of Vitamin C daily. This has led to only 3 colds in 4 years, which is pretty good going for me. I am hoping this doesn't turn into an epidemic.

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      zuzanna 8 years ago

      Thank you Doc. Great info, great lens!

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      SamyRoumieh 8 years ago

      Great Lens--

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      That was an excellent read! Thanks for the great info. I have been washing my hands like a lot ever since H1N1 came to Canada. Hopefully, the symptoms will remain mild.

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      Lee Hansen 8 years ago from Vermont

      Thanks, Doc. All we need to know in one authoritative spot. Linking from my web site and blog as a top resource. 5*

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      AuthorsandExperts 8 years ago

      Very good information.

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      JenniferAkers LM 8 years ago

      Thank you for providing the most comprehensive information on how to prevent H1N1 (The Swine Flu). I haven't found another place that lists everything like, how to prevent it, history, what to tell your kids, updated news, and so much more. I'm close to an area with suspected cases, so I'm grateful to hear we should approach this as an "alert, not an alarm". I trust you and your work, and I'm going to share this page with concerned friends. Wish I could give you 6* - this lens deserves it!

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      Moe Wood 8 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      Very informative and well deserving of a purple star. Congratulations!

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      enslavedbyfaeries 8 years ago

      This is more information in one place than I've been able to find anywhere online! Thanks for compiling all of this into one lens and making it easy to understand. You've done an amazing job of putting this together!!

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      BoomerHealth 8 years ago

      I appreciate you taking the time to gather all of this information together in one spot! What a time saver for me!

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      BoomerHealth 8 years ago

      I appreciate you taking the time to gather all of this information together in one spot! What a time saver for me!

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      Joan4 8 years ago

      Excellent information! Thank you! I especially appreciated the reminders that many will have the flu and get over the symptoms quickly. Congratulations on your well deserved purple star for this lens, and a new angel blessing, too!

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      Susan Deppner 8 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Very good information. Lensrolling to my swine flu lens. Congratulations on the purple star!

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      Achim Thiemermann 8 years ago from Austin, Texas

      I'll pass this on to my wife. She says she's married to a swine flu...

      5*s and a serious blessing for this lens, doc! :-)

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      Janusz LM 8 years ago

      On behalf of everyone that has been confused, or searching frantically for information on this subject.... Thank you :) Blessed by a Squid Angel.

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      KimGiancaterino 8 years ago

      I've been visiting a neighbor at a coronary care unit this week. The hospital has a huge dispenser of antibacterial gel at the front door, and they're not allowing anyone with even mild cold symptoms past the lobby. Thanks for presenting this information so clearly and thoroughly. Blessed.

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      Kiwisoutback 8 years ago from Massachusetts

      Thanks for this important information -- we all need it!

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      andrasnm lm 8 years ago

      I am a firm believer of natural, homeopathic, preventative measures. This is why I wish to inform all of you the beneficial use of coconut oil. It may or may not prevent infection due to other factors but it will not hurt you. If you read a book Coconut Cures by Bruce Fife, you will be halfway to common sense prevention. Sometimes I am in need of people contacts and I cannot severe my business and lifestyle and hide. I am a form believer of prevention using Coconut oil.

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      Robin S 8 years ago from USA

      Thank you for the good info!

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      ctavias0ffering1 8 years ago

      Wow, thorough information, covering everything anyone needs to know, thanks for the comprehensive advice and background on this subject

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      religions7 8 years ago

      Thanks for the information. This clears a lot up. &amp; blessed of course

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      VBright 8 years ago

      wonderful information. I'm sure many people will benefit from it.