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H1N1 Prevention

How does this virus spread?  They say that it is like the seasonal flu, from person to person by coughing and sneezing. The virus can also be transmitted by touching something contaminated with it such as a doorknob, desk, or telephone and then touch your mouth or nose.
One thing different about this flu is that it has affected younger people more commonly.
Signs and symtoms:
They are similar to those of regular flu and include fever, cough, sore throat, headache, body aches, fatigue and runny nose. Diarrhea and vomiting have occurred in about 25% of cases. Most people infected with the virus experience a mild to moderate illness and recover quickly without having to seek medical attention. But the flu can also be severe and cause complications or even death. Death from influenza often result from complications such as viral or bacterial pheumonia or the worsening of a chronic condition such as asthma or diabetes.
How to prevent it?
Clean your hands often. Wash thoroughly with soap and warm water for at least 15-20 seconds and dry your hands completely.
Avoid touching your nose and mouth. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing and then discard the tissue in the waste basket
Avoid close contact with people who might be sick. If the flu is wide spread in your community then stay away from public places such as the theater, shopping mall, library etc.
When to seek medical care?
If you are having difficulty breathing, pain or pressure in your chest or abdomen, sudden dizziness, fever that lasts more than three days, confusion and severe or persistent vomiting. Also if flu symptoms improved and then returned with fever and a worse cough.
If you have a severe bout of influenza or are at risk of complications, your doctor may recommend that you take an antiviral drug, such as oseltamivir (Tamiflu) or zanamivir (Relenza) to help prevent or treat the illness. These prescription drugs keep flu viruses from reproducing in your body.
Be informed, be prepared

By being well-informed, you too can stay on top of the flu.

Good luck and I hope this article was helpful to you.

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