Swine flu-also known as H1N1-is actually a mix of bird, human and swine viruses. It originated in 2009, and despite its name, this type of flu is transmitted from human to human (and not swine to human).
It is an airborne illness, just like other strains of flu, and can be contracted by inhaling the droplets of coughs or sneezes of infected people.
Causes and Risk Factors
Swine flu is most often contracted by the very young and pregnant women. Other people at higher risk include those with:
- Asthma, COPD or other lung condition
- Kidney disease
- Cardiovascular disease
- Liver problems
- Blood diseases (including sickle cell anemia)
- Brain disorders
- Neuromuscular disorders
- Metabolic disorders (such as diabetes)
- Immune suppression
There are several strategies you can put in place to prevent getting swine flu.
Regularly wash your hands with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Rub your hands for at least 20 seconds to ensure they are properly cleansed. If soap and water aren’t available, an anti-microbial gel will work.
Cough or sneeze into your elbow, instead of your hands. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
Keep your distance. Stay at least 6 feet away from people with swine flu. Wear a face mask if you must care for someone with swine flu.
People with swine flu most commonly report these symptoms:
- Sore throat
- Nausea and vomiting
- Runny nose
- Body aches
If you think you have swine flu, stay at home for at least 7 days, or for at least 24 hours after being completely symptom free.
If you’re a lactating mother and have swine flu, express and destroy the breast milk until you’re symptom-free for at least 24 hours. Have someone else feed the baby.
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