If you want to know how to avoid Swine flu, read these steps you should use for prevention.
This type of influenza can be spread between humans, without direct contact with sick swines. Typically spoken, humans have low immunity level for this type of virus. Swine influenza behaves similar to normal human flu. Steps that we can implement to prevent getting normal flu, can also be used for Swine flue prevention. In some cases swine flu can reach epidemic level, and these things you can do for your protection:
– Be informed: First of all, you should get up-to-date information about flu pandemic from the "WHO" or "CDC". First one is a public organization for international health, and this organization is monitoring the spread of virus among humans. There are 6 levels of pandemic and epidemic allergs. Worst pandemic levels are five and six, which means that virus infection is spreading worldwide among humans. Second organization is in US, and also takes steps for prevention and protection people from swine flu.
– Avoid sick people: Next thing you should do is to avoid people if you suspect that they're infected, because of symptoms they have. Those people can be infected by swine flu, and have the same symptoms like they have a normal human flu. Sick signs are: coughing, fever, sneezing, and in some cases vomiting and diarrhea. You can be infected by virus, but have no such symptoms. You can be healthy up to 2 days after getting infection (that is called incubation period – the time elapsed between exposure to a pathogenic organism and when symptoms are first apparent). In between you can be able to spread virus, even if you think that you are healthy. Virus can survive longer in children body, up to 15 days. Swine flu virus can stay in adults body up to 7 days after symptoms are gone. If you doubt you have such symptoms contact your doctor.
– Be informed about medications: You must know what medication you should take if you get sick. In first one or two days you feel symptoms, you can use antiviral medications. For now, medicines you can use for flu prevention are "Seltamivir" and "Relenza". You can take vaccines for flu, but not for swine flu. They can not protect you completely if you are infected with H1N1 flu.
– Avoid risky places: Try to avoid places in which you know that some cases of swine flu have appeared. Try not to touch your nose, mouth and eyes with bare hands. Wash your hands often, with soap and hot water, or if water is not available use alcohol cleaners or alcohol based gel for hand cleaning. You should buy food and water supply for longer period of time, and in this way you can lower chance to get infected in public. If you must go in public, try to go in periods of time when traffic is lower.
– Be quick: You should be informed about what you can do if you get sick. Remember that first two days of getting symptoms are very important and find out what you should do in that way. Try to contact your doctor for tips what you can do to stop spreading flu, and how to fight with flu. Try to be less in contact with other people, do not go to work or to school, and try to avoid spreading swine flu virus among other people.
Take these steps every day, and your chance to get swine flu will be very low.