H1N1 (Swine) Flu : Symptoms, Precautions and helpful links

Just as I was thinking about a Post to start with on this newly established Technospot.In, I got a call from friend who lives in Himanchal Pradesh, and he suggested me to use mask while going outdoors, as I stay in Pune and H1N1 has hit here badly, and another statement came as “It is incurable.”, actually that’s not the case, H1N1 is curable, the missing thing is Vaccine, yes there is no Vaccine for H1N1, and WHO says Swine Flu Vaccination may be available from September.

So, I thought of making a post which can tell people about H1N1, so here we go.

What is Influenza A (H1N1)?

Influenza is an acute viral infection that affects mainly the nose, throat, bronchi and occasionally lungs. There are 3 types and further subtypes of influenza – one such subtype is Influenza A (H1N1). The influenza caused by A (H1N1) is commonly referred to as “Swine Flu”.

What are the symptoms of this flu?

The symptoms of H1N1 Flu in people are expected to be similar to the symptoms of regular human seasonal influenza and include fever, lethargy, lack of appetite and coughing. Some people with H1N1 flu also have reported runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Also read on on How to track Swine Flu Globally

Children –

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

  • Fast breathing or trouble breathing
  • Bluish skin colour
  • Not drinking enough fluids
  • 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
  • Fever with a rash

Adults –

  • Difficulty in breathing or shortness of breath
  • Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
  • Sudden dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Severe or persistent vomiting

Recommended care (Dos and Don’ts)

Do’s –

  • Frequently wash your hands with soap and water
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Take enough sleep
  • Keep distance of at least three feet from a infected person
  • Observe healthy diet

Don’ts –

  • Visit crowded places
  • Spit in public places
  • Taking medicines without doctor’s advice

Here is a list of Government Authorized Hospitals with address and phone numbers for the treatment Of H1N1 (I got them in an email) –

List of government authorized hospitals treatement of swine flue

List of government authorized hospitals treatement of swine flue

Swine Flue Slide show :

Check out the slide show of Swine flue which makes you more aware of it and less of panic person. Click on the image below.

Swine flu slide show

Swine flu slide show

Other useful links and webpage –

I hope you find the information useful and please do share what you are doing to stay away from Swine Flu. If you wish you can take a print of this complete article by using print facility at the end if this post.

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