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  • midlifelove 1:18 am on July 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: antibodies, babies, eyes, family, germs spread, h1n1, hands, health problems, infection, , nose, regular flu, sanitizer, sick, sneeze, swine flu, tamiflu   

    How to stop your family getting swine flu 

     Don’t panic
    Up to 10% of the people who get “regular flu” die (usually the very young, the very old, and people with other health problems).  Yet we all go about our daily lives each year during flu season without panicking.  H1N1 is really no different.

    stop swine fluDon’t worry about face masks unless you:

    1)      Already have someone in the family who is infected – they should then wear the mask in common areas of the house, or the caregiver could use it when around that person.

    2)      If you have someone in the family who is particularly at risk (people less than 2 or over 65, pregnant women, people with chronic disease, problems with their immune system, or on aspirin therapy) in case you end up being somewhere where there are known or suspected cases of H1N1.

    Carry hand sanitiser and use it frequently
    You could even carry antiseptic wipes and wipe down supermarket trolley handles before using.

     

     

    Protect babies under six months old
    •    Be careful about who holds and touches her.

    •    Even if people seem healthy, insist that they wash their hands (or use hand sanitizer) before holding or touching the baby.

    •    Avoid crowded public places if possible.  If you need to go out, consider using a sling or other baby carrier that keeps her close to you.
    •    Breastfeed!  Breast milk contains antibodies that can help keep her healthy.  Don’t stop breastfeeding if you get sick–the antibodies your body makes to fight your infection will pass through the milk and give her a head start on fighting the same infection.  If she gets sick, breast milk is absolutely the best thing for her.

    Consider Tamiflu
    You probably don’t need to consider Tamiflu unless you or someone in your family gets sick with H1N1 flu. Then you and your doctor will decide if taking medication makes sense.

    Take these simple precautions
    •    Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue out.
    •    Wash your hands often (especially after you cough or sneeze) with soap and water, or with alcohol-based sanitizer if you don’t have soap and water handy
    •    Try not to touch your eyes, nose, or mouth, as germs spread that way
    •    Stay home if you get sick
    •    Follow advice from your local public health authorities

    Stock up on a few extra supplies in case someone in the family gets sick

    While it hopefully won’t be necessary, it’s probably a good idea to stock up on a few supplies in case you need to hunker down for a few days.  For example, if someone in your family gets sick, you may need to stay inside until everyone in the house is feeling better in order to prevent germs from spreading to others.  Non-perishable food and medications (particularly prescription medications) would be the most important supplies to have.

     
  • midlifelove 4:29 am on June 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: appetite, chills, choric medical, cough, , headache, muscles, seasonal flu, sneezing, swine flu, , throat, tiredness   

    12 Symptoms of Swine Flu 

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    The symptoms of swine flu are broadly the same as those of ordinary flu, but may be more severe and cause more serious complications.

    What are the signs and symptoms of swine flu in people?
    The symptoms of swine flu in people are similar to the symptoms of regular human flu. Like seasonal flu, swine flu may cause a worsening of underlying chronic medical conditions.

    The typical symptoms are:

    • sudden fever
    • sudden cough

    Other symptoms may include:

    • headache
    • tiredness
    • chills
    • aching muscles
    • limb or joint pain
    • diarrhoea or stomach upset
    • sore throat
    • runny nose
    • sneezing
    • loss of appetite
     
  • midlifelove 4:20 am on April 30, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: face, , loose, los angeles, mask, mexico, , , pig flu, protect, sneesh, swine flu,   

    Pimped up Pig Flu Masks 

    According to Los Angeles Times,  Don’t count on those disposable masks to completely protect you against the swine flu percolating around the globe. Many people in Mexico City, as well as travelers to and from Los Angeles, have been seen wearing mouth and nose protection of one type or another in recent days.

    Most were wearing face masks, which are loose-fitting and designed largely to help stop droplets from spreading from the person wearing the mask. They also protect the wearer’s mouth and nose from splashes. They are not created to protect the wearer from breathing in very small particles.

    So I thought why not find a selection of these fancy Swine flu masks and post them here.

     
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