Swine Flu has proven to be deadly and a cause for public concern. On a personal level my daughter was diagnosed with Swine Flu and Strep Pneumonia during the first wave of infection in fall 2009. She is a survivor and proof of answered prayers. Parents must be vigilant in protecting their family from the dreaded H1N1 virus on a constant basis. We must also be diligent and get our family members immunized on a yearly basis. Educating yourself the on symptoms will also allow for faster diagnosis and early treatment.
Early vaccination is key
One of the hardest things for a parent is to watch their child suffer from a virus with no cure. Swine Flu or as often referred to as H1N1 is a viral infection that must run it’s course. A patient can be treated for symptoms and when diagnosed in the first forty-eight hours treated with anti-viral drugs. The number one defense against the virus is yearly H1N1 vaccination available for free at your local Department of Health. The immunization acts similar to a regular flu shot in that it both helps to prevent infection and help fight the infection making it less severe.
H1N1 symptoms compare to seasonal flu type symptoms
Swine flu and seasonal flu symptoms are very similar. Cough, sore throat, high fever, congestion, severe weakness, head ache and chills are the most common on the list. If at any time you or a family member starts to experience symptoms it is time to seek quick medical attention. Most patients who are diagnosed in the first forty-eight hours of onset of symptoms are prescribed a anti-viral medication which helps fight the virus. Another option is to obtain free testing available through your local Department of Health.
An ounce of prevention goes a long way
Another important key in virus protection is prevention. I carry a small bottle of hand sanitizer on me at all times. Hand sanitizer prevents 99.9% of all germs including the H1N1 virus. Common reasons to use it are after shaking hands, sneezing, coughing, touching objects in high traffic areas such as the handle on your shopping cart. It’s also handy for use in restrooms and before eating.
Waging the war against H1N1 is no small feat but quite obtainable. Vaccination, fast detection and smart prevention are the best weapons in protecting our families. Informed patients, doctors and care givers all working together make a good platoon. As parents we must protect our children from the ugly Swine Flu monster.