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Swine Flu – Awareness of H1N1

As you would be aware, the deadly H1N1 Flu (Swine flue) is also soreading its wings in our country with fresh cases being reported all over India. Government is also showing its concern but Health Min has given the statement that it will spread further and keeping in view the target population, we are not geared to fight this epidemic. Therefore for precaution we all must have knowledge of this disease and also know abt the precaution and cure for the same.

We believe that information and awareness are the best tools to fight this deadly virus. Please find below some details on the H1N1 Flu and precautions thereof.

What is H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu)

H1N1 flu is a highly contagious acute respiratory disease normally found in pigs (hence the name Swine Flu). It spreads through tiny particles in the air or by direct contact. Judging from the symptoms and tests of the dead pigs, experts have reached the preliminary conclusion that the disease is caused by swine streptococosisII.

It is passed on by sneezing, coughing or when people pick up the virus from their hands. The flu virus dies when cooked at temperatures of 160 F/70C or higher.

The H1N1 Flu has already claimed over 100 people in Mexico, United States and Canada.

Symptoms of the Flu

The H1N1 flu is characterized by common flu symptoms – sudden fever, muscle aches, sore throat and dry cough – but may cause more severe vomiting and diarrhoea. People affected by the flu virus may also report weakness, sickness and show symptoms of endemic bleeding and shock.

Emergency Warning Signs

If you become ill and experience any of the following warning signs, seek emergency medical care.

In children, emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention include:

  • Fast breathing or trouble breathing
  • Bluish or gray skin color
  • Not drinking enough fluids
  • Severe or persistent vomiting
  • Not waking up or not interacting
  • Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held
  • Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough


In adults, emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention include:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
  • Sudden dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Severe or persistent vomiting
  • Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough

Vaccines / Precautions

Oseltamivir (Tamiflu) and Zanamivir (Relenza) are being used as vaccines to fight the virus.

In terms of prevention, it is imperative to maintain good hygiene like regular hand-wash and staying a safe distance from those infected, may help. Avoid crowded places and refrain from greetings like shaking hands, kissing or hugging. People have been told to avoid sharing food or kitchenware.

While the hospitals in the country are geared up to provide the necessary vaccines, our employees and family members need to be aware of the symptoms and actions to be taken. It would also be recommended that you stay in touch with your approved panel of doctors to stay informed about this virus. Lastly, avoid exposure to the H1N1 prone areas particularly if you have plans to visit USA, Canada and Mexico and other countries.

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Protect Yourself, Your Family, and Community

  • Stay informed. Health officials will provide additional information as it becomes available. Visit the CDC H1N1 Flu website.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners* are also effective.

STAY ALERT! PREVENT AGAINST SWINE FLU

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