Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Medical Advice: How to Avoid the Swine Flu


by Dr Elaina George, Your Black World

The government has predicted that there will be a large proportion of the US population that will be infected with the H1N1 virus also known as the swine flu virus. However, according to the CDC each year over 200,000 people are hospitalized and 36,000 people die each year from seasonal flu complications.

Flu-like symptoms include:

■ fever (usually high)

■ headache

■ extreme tiredness

■ dry cough

■ runny or stuffy nose

■ muscle aches

■ sore throat

■ vomiting

■ sometimes diarrhea

These are the things you need to know to stay healthy in order to avoid both swine flu and common strains that cause flu

1. Stay Home

If you have a fever and/or are feeling ill you should stay home or keep your child home to avoid spreading the virus to others.

2. Get plenty of rest

When you fail to get enough sleep your immune system is less able to fight off viral and bacterial infections. If you have a fever or are feeling fatigue, take a break from the gym

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