Swine Flu Treatment and Prevention

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You can prevent a virus spreading to others by wearing mask

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Always Carrying Tissues
using tissues to cover your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing
binning the tissues as soon as possible.

Wash Hands Regularly

You can also prepare now to prepare for a pandemic by Confirming a network of ‘flu friends’ – friends and relatives -. That could help you if you fall ill could collect medicines and other supplies for you so you do not have to leave your home and possibly spreading the virus .
Knowing your NHS number and other family members and keep them in a safe place. You will be able to find your NHS number on your medical card or other elements such as prescribed medication, letter GP or hospital appointment card / letter.
Having a stock of food and other supplies available in the country that will last for two weeks, if you and your family is sick.

Masks for Swine Flu
The Agency for Health Protection (HPA) recommends that health workers should wear a mask if they come into close contact with a person with symptoms (within one meter) to reduce your risk of contracting the virus from patients.
However, the HPA recommends that healthy people wear masks to go about their daily business.

Why not generally use public masks?
Because there is no conclusive evidence that masks protect healthy people in your life everyday. The virus is transmitted to pick up the virus by touching infected surfaces, or someone coughs or sneezes at close range – unless you’re standing near a person with the virus, wearing a mask will not make a difference.

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There are concerns about the risks posed by not wear masks properly.
Masks should be changed regularly, as they are less effective when moistened by the breath of a person. People can become infected if they touch the outer surface of the mask, or may infect others for lack of safe ancient masks.
Finally, the use of a mask may encourage complacency. People need to focus on good hand hygiene, staying home if you feel unwell, and cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing.

Vaccine
A vaccine against swine flu is being developed but is not yet available.
It is expected that the first batches of vaccine to arrive in the autumn, and 30 million double doses – is expected to be available later this year – enough for half the population.
The government ordered enough vaccine for the entire population and, when available, will focus on those at the highest risk first.

Treatment Of Swine Flu

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Swine flu can be treated with the antiviral medicines such as Tamiflu and Himalaya Septilin

The World Health Organization ranked the UK as one of the best prepared for pandemic swine flu countries.
The stocks of antivirals and antibiotics available to treat anyone who becomes ill during the current pandemic drugs.
A new vaccine against the virus is also being developed, with the first batch is expected to occur in the fall.

Paracetomol Tablets
As with the common cold, people get swine flu should get plenty of rest and use standard cold remedies based on paracetomol to reduce its temperature and help relieve symptoms.

Antivirals Effects

The antiviral medication oseltamivir (Tamiflu) , Himalaya Septilin Syrup and zanamivir (Relenza) are also being used across the UK to treat people with swine flu. Antiviral drugs are not a cure for swine flu, but will help you:
reduce the amount of time you are sick for an entire day.
alleviate some of the symptoms.
reduce the possibility of serious complications such as pneumonia.
The UK has large stocks of Tamiflu and Relenza and there is enough today to treat half the population. New orders for Tamiflu have recently placed to increase supplies from the UK to 50m doses, enough to treat 80% of the population.
Tamiflu, Relenza, Septilin Tablets  are three drugs of the same type but Relenza comes as an inhaler (rather than a pill) and is recommended for use in pregnancy.
Currently, they are taking the antiviral, at the discretion of the physician, to all those who are diagnosed with swine flu as a precaution.

How will I gain access to antivirals?

If you have flu-like symptoms and are concerned that you may have swine flu:
Read about the symptoms of swine flu then use the NHS Direct swine flu symptom checker.
If you are then still concerned, stay home and call your doctor, who will be able to provide a diagnosis over the phone.
If the GP confirms swine flu by phone, you will be given a reference number voucher entitling to antiviral medication.
Give this number to a friend or family healthy and ask them to collect antivirals for you from a local collection center designated.
Meanwhile, take cold remedies based on paracetamol to reduce fever and other symptoms, drink plenty of fluids and get plenty of rest.

High risk groups effected by swine flu 

It is especially important for high-risk groups receiving antiviral and start taking them as soon after symptoms begin as possible. The high-risk groups include:
people with:

  • Chronic lung disease
  • Chronic heart disease,
  • Chronic kidney disease,
  • Chronic liver disease
  • Chronic neurological disease (neurological disorders include motor neurone
  • Disease, Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis)
  • The immunosuppression (whether caused by disease or treatment) and
  • Diabetes mellitus,
  • Patients receiving drug treatment for asthma within the past three years,
  • Pregnant women,
  • People over 65,
  • Children under five years.

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