Monday, February 8, 2010

Top five FAQs about H1N1

Who is most susceptible to getting swine flu?
Children under 18 have been hit by this strain of the swine flu the hardest of any age range, according to the Centers for Disease Control. This CNN article estimates that over 800 children have perished in connection with the H1N1 virus.

When should I get a swine flu vaccination?
H1N1 vaccinations have been made available throughout the country, and should be administered as soon as possible. Vaccinations were originally slated to be safe until June 2011, but the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that the immunizations should be given by February 15.

Where is swine flu most prevalent?
The World Health Organization believes that the most recent pandemic of swine flu was brought out of Mexico. However, like many other strains of influenza, the swine flu can spread quickly.

How contagious is this strain of the influenza?
While the past then months have brought a panic over falling ill to the H1N1 strain of the flu, USA Today believes that this epidemic is no more dangerous than many other spreadable ailments. The news site is also covering the various ways in which Americans have been poking fun at the strain's nickname, stirring wonder about how seriously Americans are taking this pandemic.

How can I protect myself from getting H1N1?
Aside from getting a vaccination, there are many simple things that can be done to prevent the spread of swine flu. Keeping your hands clean and wearing a face mask are two methods suggested by Medical News Today, an online archive of medical news and reports. It is also helpful to get plenty of sleep, maintain good eating and drinking habits, and live in a clean environment.

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