Flu Prevention

How to prevent getting the flu

Basic flu prevention

The flu virus A (H1N1) is easily transmitted from human to human, causing respiratory maladies of different severities. The severity of h1n1 depends on many factors, including the general state of the organism and the age of the diseased person. The swine flu is considered a dangerous virus, as such a mutation was never observed since now. The pandemic aspect of the flu can’t be neglected. H1n1 contains components from humans and pigs, but also genes from the avian flu.

What are the symptoms of the swine flu and the necessary preventive measurements?

The H1N1 virus has about the same symptoms as any other kind of flu: fever, headaches, muscular pains and asthenia. A part of the persons that suffered from this pandemic virus also stated diarrhea and vomit.

Try to stay informed about the h1n1 virus whenever you are traveling in a new country with a risk of swine flu. The health departments in all those countries are obliged to inform the population about the evolution and risks connected with this virus, as well as about any other pandemic risk of this kind. Try to respect the recommendations of the local authorities, including the traveling restrictions and guidance. Always have a medical kit with you. It will not be useful to treat the h1n1 directly, but as it is commonly known, the swine flu comes with a large number of secondary symptoms that must be treated in order to prevent the disease from spreading. Moreover, try to have a communication device with you all the time, or at least to know where you can find the closest medical center in the area. Usually, those medical centers in countries with a high exposure rate to this virus have all the necessary methods at their disposal to treat this pandemic problem.

Check if your medical insurance has coverage for h1n1. The basic traveling medical insurances don’t have such a clause, but if you know you are traveling in a country with a high exposure to swine flu, it is mandatory to ask the insurance company to add a clause concerning the treatment of this virus. Otherwise, you might end up paying serious money for basic heath care on this pandemic problem.

Prevention methods against h1n1

The swine flu can be treated, but it is better to prevent it. Generally, this virus can be prevented with basic hygiene methods. Wash your hands as often as possible with water and soap, especially after coughing and sneezing. Use alcohol and napkins when you don’t have water and soap at your disposal the pandemic diseases can be prevented effectively this way, whether we are talking about the h1n1 or any other disease of this kind.

Cover your nose and mouth while sneezing, to prevent spreading the swine flu in case you already suffer from this disease. Just because you feel good does not mean that you are not suffering from this virus. H1N1, as well as any other pandemic disease reacts differently from one person to the other. You might only be the bearer of this disease, and as soon as it is transmitted to one of your children, it might develop in a different manner.

Avoid touching your nose, eyes and generally the face with your hands. The h1n1 is spread this way, and especially if you travel by using the public transport, it is important to wash your hands as soon as you arrive at your destination.

Avoid contact with people that already have the swine flu. Try to keep a distance of at least 1 meter from the people suffering from this virus. The pandemic viruses can also be transmitted through sneezing.

What to do if you suspect you have h1n1

If you feel bad and you suffer from the common swine flu symptoms, you should ask for medical assistance as soon as possible. In order to avoid spreading the virus to your family, it is better to stay in an isolated room from the rest of the members. Wait for the arrival of the medical staff, and follow the indications of the medic. Cover your nose and mouth when you are sneezing, as this way, you will reduce the chances of spreading this pandemic problem.

When you arrive back home from a country with confirmed h1n1 problems. You should monitor your state of health for at least one week, and to determine the possible signs of swine flu.  The virus has an incubation period of one week, therefore if you can’t feel anything wrong in this period, it means that you are probably healthy.

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