Ten Precautions to prevent the eradication of swine flu or swine Influenza (H1N1)
Awadhesh Kishore and Rakhi Sharma*
Sarvoday Mahavidyalaya, Chaumuhan-281406, Mathura (INDIA)
*Institute for Development of Technology for Rural Advancement, Mathura-281004 (INDIA)
Prevention is always better than cure. To prevent the eradication of swine flu or swine Influenza (H1N1) ten precautions can be recommended including hand hygiene, respiratory etiquette, mass communication, patient guidelines, travel guidelines.
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Prevention is always better than cure. To prevent the eradication of swine flu or swine Influenza (H1N1) the following ten precautions can be recommended for Disease Control and Prevention.
- It is needed to put into practice good hand hygiene by washing with soap and running water. It is vitally necessary after each and every action of coughing or sneezing. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are found more effective. One should wear masks and gloves as and when needed.
- It is needed to put into practice respiratory etiquette by covering mouth and nose with a tissue while acting to cough or sneeze. One should make a safe distance to the patient at the time when he is sneezing or coughing because respiratory secretions are the best carrier of infection of swine flu.
- It is needed to broadcast the knowledge of the signs and symptoms of swine flu among the mass. The people should be making aware regarding the risk of swine flu. They should be convinced to take precautions against a pandemic of swine flu. The people should be made aware to follow the directions and guidelines issued time to time in this regard by the competent authority.
- It is needed to put someone stayed at home that has flu or flu-like illness for at least 24 hours. People who are sick should not travel in order to avoid H1N1 virus spreading.
- If one suffered from fever of over 37.5 degrees Celsius and flu symptoms within seven days of returning home country from a country where the virus is present, he should contact his doctor immediately.
- It is needed to promote everyone to talk with health care providers about his vaccination for seasonal and swine flu.
- It is needed to make the people conscious that are at higher risk of swine flu complications include pregnant women and people with chronic medical conditions need regular examination. Pregnant women should be especially careful to avoid being exposed to the swine flu or influenza virus H1N1.
- It is needed to develop believe among the people that effective protective actions are available against swine flu and have confidence in them.
- It is needed to communicate the people about risk of swine flu, managed carefully so that they express the actual risk accurately to prevent mass scares.
- Parents should monitor their children for flu-like illness: fever, cough, sore throat, and gastrointestinal symptoms such as diarrhea and vomiting, they should recommend their child to drink more fluids, eat more Vitamins, minerals and proteins in order to build up their immune system of the body.