This is the latest scare that’s been going on. And it has created a bit of a worry in everyone’s mind. Yes, Swine Flu is back and everyone is doing their best to take precautions.
But do you know everything you should about Swine Flu or is it just what you’ve heard and read?
This 3 minute video is all you need to know about Swine Flu
What is Swine Flu?
Swine flu (swine influenza) is a disease of pigs. It is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by one of many Influenza A viruses. Â The current outbreak of swine flu that has infected humans is of the H1N1 type – this type is not as dangerous as some others.
How does a human catch it?
- From contact with infected pigs
- From contact with infected humans
In cases when humans have infected other humans close contact was necessary with the infected person, and they nearly always occurred in closed groups of people.
Signs & Symptoms in a child:
- Children have sudden onset of significant fever with respiratory symptoms.
- High fever
- Scratchy sore throat
- Muscle aches.
- Nasal congestion and cough.
If the condition isn’t getting better, watch out for these signs
- Bluish or grey skin colour
- Is not drinking enough fluids or taking feeding well
- Has trouble breathing
- Has severe or persistent vomiting
- Is not waking up or not interacting
- Is so irritable that the child does not want to be held
- Has flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough
What should parents do if their child has flu-like symptoms?
- Consult your doctor immediately.
- Contact If a child has mild illness, or something that looks like the flu, with fever and chills, headache, body ache, coughing, sore throat, they should definitely stay home from school
- Â Parents should encourage hydration.
- Make sure the child drinks enough fluids and gets a lot of rest.
- Child is younger than 5 or if the child of any age has a medical condition such as asthma, diabetes, or a neurologic problem, call your doctor or get medical attention.
- Younger kids and kids with longstanding medical conditions are at risk of serious disease if they get either seasonal or pandemic H1N1 swine flu
- Wash your hands regularly with soap
- Try to stay healthy
- Get plenty of sleep
- Do plenty of exercise
- Try to manage your stress
- Drink plenty of liquids
- Eat a well balanced diet
- Refrain from touching surfaces which may have the virus
- Do not get close to people who are sick
- Stay away from crowded areas if there is a swine flu outbreak in your area.