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Preventive measures for H1N1 - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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User :   Hi
Doctor :   how can i helpyou
User :   Would like to know about the preventive measures for H1N1
Doctor :   ok
User :   Can you tell me what to be done in advance to prevent it??
User :   We need these tips since we are planning to go abroad...
Doctor :   H1N1 is an viral disease caused by a virus and spread through pigs and other farm animals
User :   OK
Doctor :   Swine flu is a viral disease caused by a new type of influenza virus (Novel H1N1) that has never circulated before in humans. The virus was initially called swine flu virus because it is genetically very similar to viruses that normally cause flu in swine (animals such pigs, boars, hogs). The symptoms of swine flu are similar to the symptoms of seasonal flu. The severity of illness ranges from very mild symptoms to severe illnesses that can result in death.
Doctor :   the virus is contagious and is spreading from human to human.
Doctor :   Swine flu spreads from person-to-person in much the same way as seasonal flu. You can get infected if you inhale droplets expelled by an infected person during coughing or sneezing. Since the expelled droplets can also contaminate hands and other surfaces, you may also become infected by touching a contaminated surface and then touching your mouth or nose. So far the swine flu virus has not been seen to spread to humans from pigs or other animals.
Doctor :   these are the following methods for prevention of swineflu
Doctor :   you can protect yourself from getting infected by avoiding close contact (minimum distance of about 1 meter if possible) with people who have flu-like symptoms.

Doctor :   Avoid crowded places/ reduce the time spent in crowded places

Doctor :   are you there
Doctor :   are you there
User :   Yes, very much

Doctor :   Clean hands thoroughly with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand rub several times in a day (especially if you touch potentially contaminated surfaces)
User :  
Doctor :   Maintain general good AAAAAAA get adequate sleep, eat nutritious food, and stay physically active
Doctor :   vaccine against swine flu is not available.
User :   Any antibiotics have to be taken in advance?
Doctor :   it is an viral disease
Doctor :   it is not treated with antibiotics
Doctor :   there are no tablets available to prevent swineflu
User : medically we cannot take any prevention i rght?

Doctor :   yes

User :   so..anyone affected with swine flu ends up in death ?
User :   as there is no cure ?
Doctor :   there are medications very few
Doctor :   like antivirals available
User :   where can we get alchohol hand rub ? are they available in the normal medical stores?
Doctor :   in the medical stores
User :   sir...r u there?
Doctor :   yes

User :   ok...sir
User :   thank you sir

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