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Swine Flu What is Swine Flu

Swine Flu, or Swine Influenza, is an infectious respiratory disease that usually only affects pigs. There are several different strains of Swine Flu, the most common being H1N1. In recent years, Swine Flu has swept across the nation and made a big name for itself as a potential killer. The flu seems to be worse in times of low immunity and cold weather conditions, such as in winter time, and is characterised with symptoms typical of ordinary flu. These symptoms can then lead on to pneumonia and other respiratory problems, that can then prove fatal.

Swine Flu is contracted via infected air borne particles, transmitted through sneezing or coughing.

Who is at risk of Swine Flu

Swine Flu viruses do not normally affect humans, but where human infection does occur, it usually follows close contact with pigs, such as farmers. However, the swine flu virus is killed at temperatures of 70°C / 160°F, so any pork you are wary about is safe to eat as long as it is cooked correctly.

What can I do to prevent Swine Flu

A new vaccine has recently been introduced to help protect against Swine Flu. This vaccine is not currently available to everybody, and is offered to those who are in an “at risk” category. These considered most at risk include pregnant women, young children, diabetics and those with chronic respiratory problems. People who are infected by any flu virus are advised to limit their contact with other people as much as possible to avoid the risk of spreading the disease further, and this is also the case with swine flu. Good personal hygiene, such as covering the mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, and regularly washing hands are also thought to help protect those around you. Carrying a hand sanitizer may help you to keep infections at bay.