January 27, 2015

Lakshmi Reddy

Simple Ways To Protect Yourself Against Swine Flu

Swine flu is an infection caused by several kinds of swine influenza viruses. The virus is mostly common in pig populations around the globe. While rare, when the virus is transmitted from pigs to humans it is known as zoonotic swine flu.

What are the symptoms of swine flu?

  • Swine influenza A virus infection (swine flu) can cause a wide range of symptoms, including fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue.
  • Some people have reported diarrhea and vomiting associated with swine flu. People with swine flu also can have vomiting and diarrhea. Like seasonal flu, swine flu in humans can vary in severity from mild to severe. Severe disease with pneumonia, respiratory failure and even death is possible with swine flu infection.
  • Certain groups might be more likely to develop a severe illness from swine flu infection, such as persons with chronic medical conditions.
  • Sometimes bacterial infections may occur at the same time as or after infection with influenza viruses and lead to pneumonias, ear infections, or sinus infections.
Here are five easy steps anyone can implement in their daily routine:

1. Wash your hands regularly through the day:  Wash your hands for 20 seconds using antibacterial soaps a few times in the day.

2. Drink water: It is highly recommended to drink about eight to 10 glasses of water a day, in order to get rid of toxins from you system and avoid a sinus infection.

3. Keep your immune system strong: Get a good nights sleep every night for at least eight hours, which will strengthen your immune system in order to fight the flu.

4. Fruits and vegtables essential to boost immune system: Keeping your body well nourished with healthy food that is vitamin rich, goes  along way in avoiding a flu.

5. Coughing or Sneezing: ​​Ensure you use a tissue and  always cover your mouth.

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