H1N1 virus commonly known as swine flu originally originated from pigs but spreads from person to person. The outbreak of the virus in 2009 became major headlines. The virus spreads very quickly from person to person and was declared pandemic by the World Health Organisation. Swine flu has affected a large population in India this year. The lack of awareness about the various prevention methods leads to an increased death toll this year in India. Here is everything you need to know about swine flu which can help you deal with the virus more effectively.
The symptoms of swine flu can be easily mistaken with seasonal flu. The symptoms are usually common which majorly affects your respiratory system. Some of the common symptoms may include:
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Body aches
- Nausea and vomiting
In some cases, swine flu can show some serious symptoms like lung infection, pneumonia and other respiratory problems which can worsen the situation for the patient.
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Swine flu spreads through two common sources:
- Infected pigs: Any kind of contact with the infected pigs can transfer the flu from pigs to human
- Infected humans: Swine flu can be easily transmitted from person to person therefore, it is always advised to not to travel flu epidemic areas
Vaccination is the best way to prevent swine flu. Other methods can also be adapted to control the spread of the flu. Some of the common preventive measures may include:
Do not ignore the symptoms
Pay attention to the symptoms of flu and do not ignore them. Early detection of the flu can help you deal with the symptoms effectively and can help you prevent yourself from further illness.
Do not travel to flu epidemic areas
If you have planned a visit to any of the swine flu epidemic areas then you must cancel your plans immediately. Contact with any infected person can spread the flu quickly. You can easily know about the areas affected by swine flu through news updates. Try to stay at home and avoid traveling.
Maintain a healthy diet
Your immunity plays a vital role when it comes to fighting the virus. You should eat more foods which can improve your immunity. Eat more green vegetables, citrus fruits, dairy products and other fresh vegetables.
Wash your hands frequently
Your hands touch many surfaces which can be contaminated. So make sure that you wash your hands properly and more frequently especially before and after eating something. You should also carry a sanitiser with you every time.
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A word from OnlyMyHealth
Swine flu can sometimes lead to severe complications. To avoid these irreversible complications you should never ignore the symptoms of swine flu. You should be well aware of the symptoms. If you experience these symptoms then you must get yourself tested as soon as possible. You should also get swine flu vaccine during the outbreak of the flu.
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