Swine Flu Information

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swine-flu1In light of increasing numbers of infected people – especially since school is starting – I feel it is important to keep reinforcing the facts and prevention information about the Swine flu. This is of serious focus and needs attention, since in the United States alone, over 1600 case have been reported as of the week of August 22 – 28. This statistic was reported by the American College Health Association who said that 55 percent of the 165 institutions surveyed (representing more than 2 million students) counted a total of 1,640 cases. The good news here is that no deaths have been reported in this time period.

However- since April 2009, worldwide number of affected people sound quite serious. But – you can pay too much attention to the numbers and it could make you panic – especially if you have a small child or if you are an elderly person. Do not over-worry and start panicking – you can take steps to guard against this virus!

Here are some more facts for you and tips on easy prevention:

  • Unlike the seasonal flu, which tends to strike the elderly, the swine flu, also known as H1N1 is more common in children and the elderly. Since this is a new virus, most people have no immunity against it, and that is the main reason why it is estimated that more people will become affected by it.
  • Fortunately, it appears that the resulted illness is fairly mild – but that doesn’t mean that it should be ignored.
  • The dangers lies in the fact that the focus has shifted to this virus and that seasonal flu vaccinations that ¬†should be received for the seasonal flu could be ignored. Health officials worry about that, because the seasonal fly is the one that could pose a real health hazard, especially for the elderly.
  • The estimates that health officials are passing along are that the number of people affected will be lower than the number of people facing the possibility of being affected by seasonal flu.

Tips to Prevent Flu:

1.Wash and Wash and Wash and Wash:

That is actually the best thing you can do to prevent the spread of any germs – and that includes the Swine flu one. These viruses spread through contact, coughs and sneezes. What is enough washing? If you have a small child, great tip is to have him wash for as long as it takes to sing the Alphabet song – you know: “Now I know my ABC’s….” And keep hand sanitizers in as many places at home as you can to make them readily available. There as mini-version of these sanitizers available on the market – put one into your child’s lunchbox, carry one in your purse, put one into your glove compartments, etc.etc.

2.Go and Get the Shot:

If you have a child six months old or older, if you are 24 years old or younger, if you are pregnant or if you work in a public place – you are the first in line to receive the immunization. Next in line are parents of babies and those considered to have high-risk medical issues. And from what I understand, you will need two shots about 3 weeks apart. In a summary – contact your local clinic or your medical practitioner and get the information directly from them – and just Do It!

3.Oh, oh – what if you do get sick?

If you are considered high-risk and start experiencing flu symptoms, pleae go to the doctor immediately. As in lots of other situations, medications are available and when taken early can significantly reduce or improve the risks. If your symptoms are severe – such as difficulty breathing, experiencing chest pains, high fever or vomiting, you need to go to emergency room immediately. One thing you don’t do – and that is to tough it out and attempt to treat yourself. The Swine Flu virus especially works very quickly and your situation will worsen if you don’t take proper care of it.

4.Yes – You Can Have That Pork Chop!

Swine Flu – despite the name cannot be transmitted by eating pork- its orgins do come from people who handle pigs, but the virus travels from people with runny noses and coughs – not the pork chop you had for dinner or the bacon you enjoyed for breakfast!

I hope this was helpful to you and please remember that your comments, suggestions and experiences are most welcomed!

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About the author

Hanna Trafford

Hanna is the mother of two grown sons Dan and Dusan Nedelko, and is also the Grandmother to Jax, Cohen and Mila. She is the lead editor of Mama Knows and is hoping to create an exchange of communications with other grandmothers, mothers and daughters - giving everyone the opportunity to learn and share about everything that is "Mama"

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