Swine Flu or H1N1 is a respiratory disease that is Type A influenza. Swine Flu attacks the lungs and entire body by causing fatigue, runny nose, headaches, sore throat, chills, vomiting, fever, diarrhea, cough, extreme tiredness, and body aches.
Swine Flu normally is more active during the winter months during what is called the cold and flu season but the Swine Flu can be contracted at any time during the year.
The swine flu normally is spread from one person to another by breathing in air or droplets from someone near you that just coughed or sneezed in your direction.
Swine flu symptoms can develop anywhere from one to three days after you are exposed to the virus and the sickness can last from a week to ten days depending on your immune system.
The best way to protect yourself and your family is to receive an influenza vaccination from your family doctor or public health clinic.
Other ways to protect yourself and family members from contracting the Swine Flu is to practice hand washing after using public bathrooms, touching door knobs, shaking hands, public restroom usage, public phone usage, public computer and keyboard usage, sneezing & coughing, touching shopping carts, touching microwaves and refrigerators in employee break rooms, handling trash or trash cans.
It’s always good personal hygiene to wash your hands with some type soap and water before you eat.
Swine Flu or H1N1 can become a severe illness that attacks the body and can lead to pneumonia, respiratory failure and even death if gone untreated.
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