Prevention of Swine Flu
Swine Flu is one popular influenza virus known by the H1N1 virus and it holds the capacity to cause severe problems in the body. So, you would not want to get into trouble and take any risk with such violent virus. It won’t be violent if it is taken care of early or it is just not given permission to enter the body. Here are some preventive measures for not allowing swine flu to get in your body.
Usually preventive measures will surely include flu shot. The vaccine will not only protect you from H1N1 virus but also other common influenza virus that may come during the season of flu.
The vaccination is available in two forms. One form is injection which is the normal one and is recommended as well but consult a doctor before taking it. Second form of the flu shot is nasal spray. This has a lot of restrictions because it can cause some allergies. People who are older than 50 years of age or younger than 2 or if they are allergic to egg or if they are pregnant should not use this method. People having compromised immune system or asthma or anyone using aspirin therapy should avoid these methods.
H1N1 flu can be prevented by the help of following methods or measures:
- If you are sick do not go outside. Stay at home and treat your sickness. As H1N1 virus is highly contagious, you might transfer your flu to others. When you’re sick, your vulnerability to catching other diseases are high as well so don’t go out.
- Keep your hands clean. Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently. Use soap and water, or if they’re unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Do not cough or sneeze without covering your mouth and nose. Use tissue and avoid contaminating flu to your hand or other people around you.
- Do not come in contact to too many people if you have flu or even if you don’t have a flu you should avoid crowds as much as possible in the flu season. Especially, if you are younger than 5 or older than 65 or pregnant or with such serious health conditions like asthma, avoid swine barns as well. These will keep you from getting flu.
- If any member in your household has swine flu, you must decrease the exposure to that person as much as possible. Try keeping only one person to take care of the ill person as that should help in keeping the flu from spreading around the household which will make it difficult as everyone becomes weak and there is no one to take care of them.
In most cases of flu, you might be given additional treatment if you have any chronic respiratory diseases like asthma, as only symptom relief of the flu may not be adequate for them.
Some doctors often prescribe antiviral drugs such as oseltamivir and zanamivir if the symptoms have prevailed for just one or two days as they help in reducing the symptoms and any severity that might be resulted from the flu. Though these may work, the flu may get immune from such flu.
Some people are in more at risk than others. So let’s see if you may be in the risky kinds.
People who are at high risk of getting this flu or having a complication from that flu are listed below:
- If you are in a hospital or any kind of long-term medical facility.
- If you are very young (younger than 5 years of age) or almost an infant like younger than 2.
- If you are old (older than 65 years)
- If you are pregnant or you are within a few weeks of delivery regardless of the child’s condition.
- If you are by any means receiving long-term aspirin therapy because there can be much more severe complication if you continue the aspirin therapy even after you have been infected virally.
- If you are obese that is you have BMI (Body Mass Index) of 40 or more
- If you are suffering from chronic diseases that are severe such as asthma or kidney or such.
- If you have HIV AIDS or such immune system disease.
- If you belong to groups like American Indians or Native Alaskans.