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All about Swine Flu

Want to know all about Swine Flu? In this page, you will come to know all about Swine Flu.

What is Swine Flu?
Swine Influenza or Swine Flu is actually a respiratory disease of the pigs. It is caused by type A influenza viruses. This Influenza A (H1N1) usually gets transmitted through coughing or sneezing of those people who are already infected with the virus.

What are the Symptoms of Swine Flu?

Some of the common symptoms of Swine Flu include:
  • Headache
  • Pain in the muscles
  • Cough
  • Running nose
  • Chills
  • High fever
  • Sore throat
  • Fatigue
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
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However, respiratory failure and pneumonia are the symptoms of a more acute Swine Flu.
How does H1N1 spread?
Swine Flu usually spreads through coughing or sneezing of people who are already infected with Swine Flu.

How to Protect Myself from Swine Flu?
You can protect yourself from Swine Flu by following a few simple tips.
  • Maintain a good hygiene
  • Often wash your hands
  • Try not to touch your face and even if you do, ensure that you touch it with clean hands
  • Avoid coming in contact with sick people

Is There Any Medication for Swine Flu?
According to preliminary information, the virus is sensitive to the antiviral drugs, namely, Zanamivir (Relenza) and Oseltamivir (Tami flu).

How to Know Whether I am Infected with Swine Flu?
Want to know whether your child is suffering from Swine Flu and that he/she needs immediate medical treatment? Just check out whether your child has the following symptoms:

  • Breathing faster or facing trouble in breathing
  • Severe or constant vomiting
  • Color of the skin is grey or bluish
  • Not drinking sufficient amount of fluids
  • Not getting up or interacting with anyone
  • The child is so irritated that he/she does not want anybody to touch
  • The symptoms of the Flu show signs of improvement but again come back with bad cough and fever
In case of adults, the symptoms of Swine Flu that call for immediate medical treatment include:

  • Difficulty while breathing
  • Pressure or pain in the abdomen or chest
  • Acute or constant vomiting
  • Feeling of dizziness
  • Confusion
  • The symptoms of the Flu show signs of improvement but again come back with bad cough and fever

What to do if I am infected with Swine Flu?
If you are suffering from Swine Flu, then at the time of sneezing or coughing, do not forget to cover your mouth and nose with a tissue. After this, immediately throw the used tissue and wash your hands. This helps in preventing the further spread of Swine Flu. You must visit nearest PPC or Pandemic Preparedness Clinics. PPCs are provided with Personal Protection Equipment and Tamiflu from the national stockpile to manage the swine flu outbreak.

You can also sms CLINIC to 70550 (Toll-free for M1/StarHub) to get a list of PPCs..

To diagnose Influenza A (H1N1), a respiratory specimen should be collected within the first 4 to 5 days of illness. However laboratory testing is not a pre requisite before proceeding for treatment.

Please call 995 if your condition worsens (e.g. difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, chest pain, severe vomiting etc). 995 is an a 24-hour emergency ambulance service operated by the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF).

Swine Flu Travel Tips
Browse through some of the useful Swine Flu travel tips.

  • Try to register your trip with a consulate or embassy of your country so that the consular officers can easily help you out during an emergency.
  • Make sure that your travel health insurance gives sufficient coverage for Swine Flu. Before you start your trip, have a look at the latest updates from World Health Organization (WHO), CDC, and local health officials and follow their guidance.
  • Try not to travel when you are sick.
  • While traveling, do not forget to carry a hand sanitizer gel, anti-bacterial wipes and tissues.
  • Just wait patiently in the airport for any delays pertaining to health screening.
  • Wash your hands frequently with water and soap or use a hand sanitizer gel.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue and throw it off immediately after use.
  • Try to avoid coming in close contact with sick people

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