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You Don’t Get H1N1 Flu By Eating Pork

About:

H1N1 flu is a human respiratory infection.

The 2009 H1N1 influenza virus (swine flu) was first detected in people in the US in April 2009.

- Treatable by a physician
- Preventable by vaccine
- Requires lab tests
- Children, pregnant women, and the elderly individual are at higher risk
- Both sexes can get infected

Usually, after about 1-3 days of exposure to the virus, H1N1 flu signs and symptoms develop. On an average, they last about a week. H1N1 flu is unlike seasonal flu. It was called swine flu initially because tests proved that H1N1 flu viruses are present in swine (pigs). It’s important to note that H1N1 flu spreads from person to person and not by consuming pork or pork products.

Symptoms:

Self-diagnosable:
A cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, watery red eyes, and headache.

People may experience:
Fever (not always), body aches, fatigue, diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting.

Treatment:

Self-care: H1N1 flu vaccination for ages 6 months and above. Stay home, wash hands thoroughly and frequently, while coughing and sneezing cover the mouth and nose, avoid contact and reduce exposure within the household. Additionally, drink plenty of fluids and rest.

Medications: Symptom relief medications, antiviral drugs oseltamivir and zanamivir, consider pain relievers like acetaminophen or ibuprofen.

Specialists: For other kinds, consult a physician or a Primary Care Provider (PCP). At mfine we’re here to help you with different areas of health issues, come on board for a holistic treatment program.

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