What You Should Know About Swine Flu, The Precautions You Should Take And Treatments Available

Today we are ever more at at more risk from the various mutations of the flu virus than we have before. We had concerns over bird flu, but now swine flu has manifested as a major concern. Swine flu is a greater problem than bird flu ever was. It was feared that bird flu could mutate into a form that might become infectious in humans, apart from a few cases, this has not occurred.

Swine flu is of more concern, it can spread from human to human making it an extremely serious health problem.  What exactly is swine flu. Swine flu, or to be more correct influenza A (H1N1), is a respiratory disease that effects pigs, it is the result of a flu virus. Outbreaks of swine flu in pigs is not uncommon but is rarely fatal. Swine flu doesn’t normally infect people, although it can happen occasionally when people have been close contact with infected pigs.

Swine flu is a unknown strain of virus and therefore is very dangerous to humans. This means that no one has been in contact with this particular type before, which means no one has built up any immunity to this strain. Without inbuilt immunity a virus can be life threatening, as our bodies are unable to fight the virus. Absolutely everyone is susceptible, this includes healthy adults and teenagers as well as children and senior citizens.

Swine flu could easily give rise to a pandemic flu situation. Pandemic flu situation occurs when an influenza virus develops that is dissimilar to previous influenza strains that very few, if any, humans have any sort of immunity to. This allows the influenza virus to spread widely and rapidly throughout the population.

Pandemic flu differs from ordinary flu as follows.  Seasonal flu occurs annually during the winter, with about 10 to 15 percent of people are affected and most people will recover within one to two weeks without treatment. It is generally only risky to elderly citizens and those with diseases that result in them being more open to complications from an infection.

Pandemic flu affects more people, up to half the population, it is far more serious, people of all ages can be affected.

Swine flu symptoms are similar to the symptoms of seasonal influenza. Symptoms include a sudden onset of a fever, a cough or shortness of breath. Other symptoms that may present themselves can include headaches, sore throat, aching muscles, chills, sneezing, runny nose, loss of appetite and tiredness.

So what precautions should you take. Anyone with flu or cold symptoms should take a few easy, but very important precautions. The flu virus is spread between people from the tiny droplets from the mouth and nose when someone sneezes or coughs. This is the way viruses are spread through the population. Covering your nose or mouth with your hands when you cough or sneeze is not enough. The germs remain on your hands, and everything you touch becomes contaminated. Anyone touching the same surface as you will pick up the germs and become infected. Therefore, always use a handkerchief or tissue. A tissue is better, this should be disposed as soon as possible, and always use a fresh tissue if you cough or sneeze again.

There are currently no vaccinations available to prevent anyone contracting swine flu. Swine flu is an unknown strain of virus. The seasonal vaccination against seasonal flu is ineffective for swine flu. Once the type of flu causing swine flu is identified, it will then take many months to manufacture. By this time, it may have mutated into a different strain.

The only real effective precaution against swine flu is Tamiflu. Tamiflu isn’t guaranteed for the prevention of swine flu, but after someone has been exposed to someone else who has the flu virus, it may help in stopping the virus making you sick. If Tamiflu is administered within 48 hours of acquiring the flu virus, it will help in stopping the virus spreading through the body, thereby reducing the symptoms and risk associated with the swine flu virus. Governments worldwide are stockpiling Tamiflu, these supplies will naturally be used to treat important workers before the general population.

You can however buy Tamiflu online, if the situation occurs you are able to offer as much protection as is possible to yourself and loved ones. It cannot be emphasized enough, Tamiflu needs to be administered as early as possible to be effective, any delays in treating the virus will reduce how effective Tamiflu is.

Also, remember that swine flu is a global problem. If a pandemic outbreak becomes global it is possible that the supplies of Tamiflu could become low and may not be high enough to meet a huge worldwide demand.  Until such time that a vaccine is found and produced in the quantities needed, Tamiflu is the only really effective treatment for the swine flu virus, it is therefore be prudent to buy Tamiflu beforehand if you think you could be at risk.

Disclaimer: This article is based on information that is freely available in {the popular#the} press and medical journals concerned with swine flu. Nothing in this posting is intended to be or should be taken to be any sort of medical advice. For medical advice you are advised to consult with your own doctor.