Health Tips to Avoid Swine Flu
Methods of prevention of H1N1 virus
We offer you a collection of tips for how to prevent disease
Regardless of whether it is "a common cold", "basic flu", "Swine flu" or the "H1N1" flu virus (a more technical name for the same virus), there are certain action steps to keep you and your families healthy and safe.
Take time to review the CDC's five, flu-safety tips, which will help you avoid swine flu (or any flu). They'll also help to ensure that the virus doesn't spread needlessly.
1- Stay home if you're sick.
2- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
3- Wash your hands often and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
4- Cover your mouth or nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
5- Keep up with health information in your own community.
Help Stop N1H1 - Wash your hands
Do these tips sound familiar? Flu-safety basics are the exact same whether you get the human flu or the swine flu. The swine flu is a respiratory disease of pigs caused by type A influenza viruses that cause regular outbreaks in pigs. People don’t usually get swine flu but infections can and do occur.
This virus spreads the exact same way that regular flu viruses spread -- person-to-person transmission through coughing, sneezing and touching of infected people or surfaces: door knobs, shopping carts, countertops, etc. So, it’s also a good idea to carry your alcohol-based, disinfecting wipes, sprays and gels with you, as well.
There is some good news: First, there are antiviral medicines to prevent and treat swine flu. They may also prevent serious flu complications. Second, swine influenza viruses are not spread by food. So, you don’t need to throw away or stop eating your pork or pork products. Eating properly handled and cooked pork products is still safe.
Now, if you live in areas where swine influenza have been identified (there are 48 affected states), contact a health care provider, particularly if you are worried about your symptoms. Swine flu symptoms include: fever, body aches, runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. Your health care provider will determine whether influenza testing or treatment is needed.
By practicing these flu-safety basics, you’ll lower your chances of getting a host of illnesses, including the swine flu.