Swine Flu's current status
The World Health Organisation (WHO) on the 10 August 2010 declared the H1N1 influenza panademic officially over. FluNet the global tool for influenza virological surveillance reported on 24 April 2012 that with, the exception on India there were low instances of virus being reported.
Swine flu is the common name given to a new strain of influenza. Influenza is a viral disease that is passed from one person to another and therefore is very infectious.
Swine flu (H1N1) webpage on the NHS choices website has information on the background swine flu pandemic 2009, vaccination, what to do if you have H1N1 flu, high-risk groups and how to stop the virus from spreading.
Swine Flu Symptoms
Swine flu symptoms typically are a fever or a temperature over 38oC. You may also have aching muscles, a sore throat and dry cough.
What to do if you think you have Swine Flu
If you think you have swine flu-like symptoms, stay at home, get plenty of rest and use over-the-counter painkillers to relieve symptoms. If you are concerned, contact your doctor, who will determine the most appropriate action to take. If your doctor is unavailable telephone 0847 4647 NHS Direct.
What to take to treat Swine Flu
Paracetamol, antivirals and antibiotics are used to treat Swine flu. The NHS Choices website has more information on the treating H1N1.
How to help prevent getting or spreading Swine flu
Whether you have Swine flu or not you should always cover you nose and mouth if you cough or sneeze and wash you hands regularly. Swine flu is spread through coughs and sneezes. So make sure you always carry tissues and cover you nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze, then bin any used tissues and wash your hands or use sanitiser gel.
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