Actor Aamir Khan and wife Kiran Rao have contracted swine flu and both are undergoing treatment at their residence. With the outbreak of viral infection, Richa Chadda becomes the latest victim to H1N1 infection. The disease is rolling out in the month of monsoons as the virus finds it the most favourable condition for their multiplication. Swine Flu has consumed its victims in many Indian states citing to which the health ministry advises vaccination. Apart from vaccination, you need to take some extra precautionary methods to safeguard yourself and your loved ones from the viral infection. Here’s what to do and what not to do during swine flu outbreak.
Avoid crowded places: If possible, refrain from going out at crowded places. The more exposed you are to people, more prone you’re to getting infected by H1N1 virus.
Get vaccinated: People belonging to the vulnerable group, like pregnant women, children and person with compromised immunity are advised to get vaccinated.
Wash your hands frequently: This mantra is most important to reduce the chances of contracting H1N1. Use an alcohol rub to further disinfect your hands. Keep a bottle of hand sanitizer in your kids’ backpack. Maintain good hygiene to reduce your chances of falling prey to the viral infection.
Keep distance: Maintain a proper distance from anyone suffering from flu to prevent infection. Cover your mouth while coughing and sneezing.
Consult doctor if you think it’s flu: Some people wait for too long to go to their doctor. Study for the symptoms of swine flu and contact your doctor immediately in case a symptom arises.
Take the right kind of medicines: Don’t act the doctor yourself. Your doctor will prescribe you the right kind of medications citing your symptoms. Remember, never give aspirin to children or teens suffering from flu. It can cause a very serious condition called Reye’s Syndrome.
Don’t stop going out of your home: This might be going a little overboard with it. You may contract the disease even while sitting at home. With the right kind of precautionary measures and H1N1 influenza vaccine, you can avert the infection.
Don’t make your kid skip the school: Remember, the only way to prevent swine flu is the vaccination. Follow the precautionary measures and get your child vaccinated to steer clear of swine flu.
Don’t stock up on face mask: Face masks are not a proven way to prevent infection. They can be useful in preventing infection in case you have a flu-infected family member. Wear a flu mask only if you have swine flu.
Don’t panic: In most of the cases, H1N1 is mild and curable. With bed rest, medicines and fluids, it can be treated. When the virus is serious, hospitalization is required.
Even though the number of swine flu cases is on rise, there is no need to panic. Patients who have no underlying serious illness get easily cured by medicines prescribed by doctors. Swine flu patients who suffer from diabetes, heart problems, bronchitis, lung diseases, pregnant women and children are under the high risk group in this disease.