flu, also known as H1N1 virus, is a viral illness that causes serious
health problems. Symptoms include – fever, cough, sore throat, stuffy or
runny mose, body aches, headache, chills, etc.
How is H1N1 virus spread?
disease initially spread through pigs, but now it transmits from humans
to humans through saliva and mucus particles – sneezing, coughing,
touching a germ-covered surface and then touching thier nose or eyes.
Who's most at risk?
Anyone can get swine flu, but there some people who are more likely to be severely affected by swine flu. They are:
Children under five years old
People 65 or older
Young adults and children under age 19 who are receiving long-term aspirin therapy
and adults with certain medical conditions, such as heart or lung
disease (asthma, COPD, emphysema), diabetes or those with weakened
In addition to that, swine farmers and veterinarians also have high risk of swine flu because of their exposure to pigs.
Preventing swine flu
best way to prevent swine flu is to get a yearly flu vaccination. But
apart from a flu shot, you can take a number of healthy measures, such
as washing hands thoroughly and frequently, avoiding large crowds when
flu season is on, to get rid of swine flu