Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Swine Flu Questions and Answers

This article should cover all of your swine flu questions with appropriate answers.

How Do People Catch The Swine Flu?

Just like the seasonal flu, the swine flu is passed from person to person via nasal secretions or coughing secretions. Air born particles land on someone else or on a surface and then they are touched by someone else who then touches their nose or mouth.

The swine flu can also be passed from pigs to humans. People the work in close proximity to pigs can get the swine flu even if they never touch a pig.

How Can I Avoid Getting The Swine Flu?

Washing your hands and avoiding high risk areas and people is the best prevention. Do not touch your face unless you just washed your hands. Avoid high risk areas such as pig farms, petting zoos and Mexico or people that have recently arrived from Mexico. If you are unable to wash your hands use a hand sanitizer gel or wipes.


If you are a health care professional working with patients you should wear a mask or if you are in Mexico.

What Are The Symptoms Of Swine Flu?

A sudden spike in fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, cough, headache, aching joints, nasal congestion and general fatigue. If you experience any combination of these symptoms please see your doctor or health care professional.

What Should I Do If I Get Sick?

Go and see your doctor immediately. Avoid other people. Cough or sneeze into a tissue and then throw it away. Take a supply of tissues with you. If you find yourself without a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow to stop the spread of the virus.

Do not go to work or school until your symptoms have gone away, you do not want to spread the virus. This virus can be deadly.

Is There a Test For Swine Flu?

Yes, your doctor can do a flu test in their office. They normally take a swab from your nose and they results are almost instant. The test tells you whether you have the flu or not and may not be able to tell you the specific kind of flu. Your doctor will pass your flu results along to your county for further determination.

How Sick Can You Get From The Swine Flu?

Most people have symptoms similar to a regular seasonal flu for 7-14 days. Most people recover. Some people die. So far there have been over 100 deaths in Mexico and an unknown amount in the U.S. due to the recent outbreak of the swine flu.

Is There A Vaccine For The Swine Flu?

No, however there are medications such as Tamiflu and other flu drugs that significantly reduce symptoms.

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