How to Protect Yourself from Swine Flu this Monsoon

Swine flu as we all know is a respiratory disease caused by influenza virus that causes symptoms similar to the regular flu. Swine flu is also transmitted in the same way as regular flu virus. Swine flu is originated in pigs but is spread primarily from person to person by inhalation or ingestion of droplets that contains droplets from people sneezing or coughing. Although many people believe that Swine flu is transmitted by eating pork products but that is not true. The symptoms of swine flu are fever, sore throat, cough, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Serious complications like Pneumonia and respiratory failure can also be seen in some people.

The flu vaccine is the best protection in order to avoid the flu. The expert Doctors of KRIMS Hospitals, Nagpur(which is one of the best Hospitals in Nagpur when it comes to Pulmonology and Orthopaedics) say that you are 60% less likely to get the treatment of the flu if you get the flu vaccine. Getting a flu vaccine has shown considerable benefits like reducing illness, antibiotic use, time lost from work, hospitalizations and deaths. However, one must note that the flu vaccine will protect someone from flu season only. Two weeks time is taken by the antibiotics to develop in the body and provide protection against influenza virus infection. If you have fever then you should wait until the fever is gone before getting the flu shot.

Oseltamivir, is used to treat flu symptoms caused by influenza virus in patients who have had symptoms for less than two days. It can also be given to people who may be exposed with that virus but do not yet have symptoms. However, Oseltamivir does not treat common cold. However before taking oseltamivir, you must tell your doctor if you have received a nasal flu vaccine within the past 2 weeks, or if you have kidney disease, heart disease, lung disease, or any other serious disease or health problem. Also you must tell your doctor if you have any condition causing swelling or disorder of the brain. By taking all these precautions, one can avoid Swine flu this monsoon.


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