Posted to Ben Finklea's blog on April 29th, 2009

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Swine flu has hit a critical point. The United States has declared a public health emergency in response, and the first school districts are being shut down until further notice. It is very important that the public is properly educated to take the appropriate actions. Here is a quick reference for Swine Flu:

What is Swine Flu?

The virus is a respiratory infection caused by a type of influenza A (H1N1). It is typically found only in pigs, also known as swine. Humans don't normally get the disease.

How Do You Catch It?

The virus is contagious and humans can be infected by spreading from person to person by coughing and sneezing. Human are contagious anywhere from one day before the onset of the illness to seven days afterwards. Swine flu CANNOT be contracted from eating any type of pork whatsoever.

Who is at Risk?

There is no existing immunity to the virus. Everyone is at risk.


The Swine Flu symptoms are very similar to seasonal influenza. It generally includes fever, fatigue, lack of appetite, coughing, and some people are experiencing runny nose, sour throat, vomiting and diarrhea.

How do I Avoid it?

- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, especially after you sneeze or cough. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are helpful as well.

- Avoid contact with those who are ill.

- Cover your nose and mouth when you sneeze or cough and then discard the tissue immediately.

- Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth and spread germs.

How is it Treated?

The Center of Disease Control suggests the anti-viral medicines called Tamiflu and Relenza for treatment and prevention. They will work best if taken within two days of the development of symptoms.

What Should I do if I become Ill?

If you think you are ill, stay home and avoid any human contact to help control the spread of the disease. You should also contact a doctor or nurse for urgent or emergency evaluation if you have trouble breathing, chest or stomach pains, dizziness, confusion, or severe vomiting.

Children may have additional symptoms that may need urgent care:

- Inability to drink enough liquids

- Fever with a rash

- Getting better accompanied by a return of fever or worsening cough

Call 911 if:

- Your skin turns blue. (yes, really!)

- Not able to wake the child up.

- Extreme irritability.

Does the flu shot I got earlier this year help me?

No. There is currently no vaccine for this strain of flu. People living in affected areas should take preventative measures to stop any further spreading.

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