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Top 10 Ways to Prevent Swine Flu

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Only days ago, the swine flu was confirmed as having reached Spain, the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Israel, with the virus suspected in many other nations as well. Symptoms include many of those associated with the common flu, such as nausea, coughing, sore throat and fever, symptoms that could lead, and have led to the deaths of thousands of people each year. Although all but one of the fatalities to blame on this new influenza strain have occurred in Mexico, the fact that this virus has reached epidemic proportions has presented a serious concern to people the world over.

The virus is spread through human to human contact, no swine need be touched, as its name suggests. The best way to avoid contracting the virus is through prevention. Here are some of the most effective:

1. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds, frequently throughout the day.
2. When water isn’t available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
3. Make sure to cover your nose and mouth if you sneeze or cough.
4. If you do come into contact with a sufferer, limit your exposure.
5. Increasing vitamin C intake has proven effective against colds and the flu.
6. To maintain a healthy immune system, eat a healthy, balanced diet and get a good night’s sleep.
7. If you have children, stress hand washing and covering their noses and mouths when they sneeze or cough.
8. Routinely disinfect counters and surfaces at home and at work.
9. If you experience any flu symptoms, stay home and do not go to work.
10. If you experience any flu symptoms, see your doctor immediately.

Brittany @ May 1, 2009

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