Swine flu is an infection by any one of several types of swine influenza virus. There are some facts you should know about this disease.
# Swine flu likely spreads by direct contact with respiratory secretions of someone that is sick with swine flu, like if they were coughing and sneezing close to you.
# People with swine flu are likely contagious for one day before and up to seven days after they began to get sick with swine flu symptoms.
# Droplets from a cough or sneeze can also contaminate surfaces, such as a doorknob, drinking glass, or kitchen counter, although these germs likely don’t survive for more than a few hours.
# Anti-flu medications, including Tamiflu (oseltamivir) and Relenza (zanamivir), are available to prevent and treat swine flu in high risk children.
# On 10 August 2010, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that the H1N1 influenza pandemic was officially over. However, it is important not to ignore H1N1 flu. Therefore, the H1N1 flu virus has been included in the 2010-11 seasonal flu vaccine.
# Although some people still talk about swine flu, it is important to keep in mind that this year swine flu is really just like another strain of seasonal flu we would see in any other year.
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