Monday, August 10, 2009

Swine flu: Do's & Dont's

Swine flu in India is spreading like wildfire, taking the toll to six. Officials say there are currently more than 800 cases of the H1N1 flu strain in India. Governments from all around the world are finding ways to combat this deadly disease. So what can you do to protect yourself? Stay calm and practice these 10 effective prevention tips.

1. Wash your hands frequently

Use the antibacterial soaps to cleanse your hands. Wash them often, at least 15 seconds and rinse with running water.

2. Get enough sleep

Try to get 8 hours of good sleep every night to keep your immune system in top flu-fighting shape.

3. Keep hydrated

Drink 8 to10 glasses of water each day to flush toxins from your system and maintain good moisture and mucous production in your sinuses.

4. Boost your immune system

Keeping your body strong, nourished, and ready to fight infection is important in flu prevention. So stick with whole grains, colorful vegetables, and vitamin-rich fruits.

5. Keep informed

The government is taking necessary steps to prevent the pandemic and periodically release guidelines to keep the pandemic away. Please make sure to keep up to date on the information and act in a calm manner.

6. Avoid alcohol

Apart from being a mood depressant, alcohol is an immune suppressant that can actually decrease your resistance to viral infections like swine flu. So stay away from alcoholic drinks so that your immune system may be strong.

7. Be physically active

Moderate exercise can support the immune system by increasing circulation and oxygenating the body. For example brisk walking for 30-40 minutes 3-4 times a week will significantly perk up your immunity.

8. Keep away from sick people

Flu virus spreads when particles dispersed into the air through a cough or sneeze reach someone else's nose. So if you have to be around someone who is sick, try to stay a few feet away from them and especially, avoid physical contact.

9. Know when to get help

Consult your doctor if you have a cough and fever and follow their instructions, including taking medicine as prescribed.

10. Avoid crowded areas

Try to avoid unnecessary trips outside. Moreover, avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.


According to the CDC, symptoms of swine flu infections are like seasonal flu which include :
fever, which is usually high
runny nose or stuffy nose
sore throat
body aches
fatigue or tiredness, which can be extreme
diarrhea and vomiting (sometimes)

Signs of a more serious swine flu infection might include pneumonia and respiratory failure.


  1. Nilofer - Very useful information I got on your blog....thanks a lot.

  2. Thanks a lot for visiting the blog... Hope to see you lots more....

  3. Hi! Found you on Blog Catalog! Love the blog and was actually in Mexico when it all began over there.. Scary stuff...

  4. This will be very useful.. This swine flu is so dangerous.. It can spread so quickly and easily

  5. this is a very insightful & encouraging...thanks...nice blog :)

    I personally feel you write really good articles...keep it going...

  6. @ Fer*Cambe: Yeah it sure is scary... We should all take precautions to fall prey to this disease...

  7. @ Darmawan: Thanks a lot for visiting my blog... Do come again...

  8. @ angel from heaven: Thanks for visiting my blog.. Hope to see you more often....

  9. @ Qamar: Thanks for stopping by and encouraging me ... Truly, it's your comments that motivates me... Hope to see you more often...


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