Are You "In The Know" About the "Swine Flu" (AKA The H1N1 Flu)?

Swine Flu Information You Can Use!

Swine Flu Information You Can Use!

The “swine flu” is in the news a lot these days. Here’s what you need to know:

· Anyone with flu-like symptoms such as a sudden fever, cough or muscle aches should stay away from work or public transportation and should see a doctor to be tested.

· Influenza spreads between humans through coughing or sneezing and people touching something with the virus on it and then touching their own nose or mouth.

o The swine flu in humans is most contagious during the first five days of the illness although some people, most commonly children, can remain contagious for up to ten days. Diagnosis can be made by sending a specimen, collected during the first five days for analysis.

· Swine flu cannot be spread by pork products, since the virus is not transmitted through food.

· Recommendations to prevent spread of the virus among humans include using standard infection control against influenza. This includes frequent washing of hands with soap and water or with alcohol-based hand sanitizers, especially after being out in public.

o Alcohol-based gel or foam hand sanitizers work well to destroy viruses and bacteria.

o Although the current trivalent influenza vaccine is unlikely to provide protection against the new 2009 H1N1 strain, vaccines against the new strain are being developed and could be ready as early as June 2009.

· Experts agree that hand-washing can help prevent viral infections, including ordinary influenza and the swine flu virus.

o Influenza can spread in coughs or sneezes, but an increasing body of evidence shows small droplets containing the virus can linger on tabletops, telephones and other surfaces and be transferred via the fingers to the mouth, nose or eyes.

Credit where credit is due: – Much of the above came from Wikipedia, one of the most awesome resources on the internet!

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Originally posted 2009-04-30 16:55:22.

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About Tim Colling

Tim Colling is the founder and President of A Servant's Heart In-Home Care, which provided in-home caregiving services in San Diego County, and also of A Servant's Heart Geriatric Care Management, which provided
professional geriatric care management services and long term care placement services in San Diego County. Tim has more than 30 years of experience in management in a variety of industries. He held a Certified Care Manager credential from the National Academy of Certified Care Managers. Tim is also a Certified Public Accountant (retired), and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from California State University at San Diego. In addition to writing blog posts here for the Servant’s Heart blog, Tim also is a regular contributor to HealthLine.com and to FamilyAffaires.com as well as blogs of other eldercare services provider companies. Finally, Tim is also the president of A Servant's Heart Web Design and Marketing, which provides home care marketing as well as website design and online marketing for those who serve the elderly and their families.