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What are the Best Tips for Preventing Swine Flu?

One of the best tips for preventing swine flu is to practice good hygiene. The safest practice for preventing swine flu, also known as the H1N1 virus, is to become inoculated. Obtaining a seasonal influenza, or flu, inoculation may safeguard against various types of flu, including H1N1. Preventing swine flu in children is more challenging, as this virus may spread throughout schools and daycare facilities if children do not receive vaccinations.

Preventing the spread of swine flu means educating the public and promoting awareness of potential risk factors. Distributing written material with information about swine flu is one good strategy. This material can be distributed at schools, community centers, and health care facilities.

Practicing proper hygiene is another strategy for preventing swine flu. This means coughing into a tissue and covering the mouth and nose when sneezing. Disposable tissues are a more sanitary option than using a handkerchief. Teaching children to wash their hands after sneezing and coughing is another positive measure.

During cold and flu season, those who have suppressed immune systems should avoid being among large crowds. The risk for contracting a contagious infection is greater when in a crowded or enclosed space. Coughing and sneezing discharges tiny particles containing flu virus into the air. In closed spaces, there is little room for these pathogens to be dispersed.

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There are other steps to take to decrease the risk of becoming infected. Anyone who exhibits signs of influenza, such as high fever and coughing, should not go to school or work until they've recovered. Doing so could increase the risk of an outbreak. It's also important not to share utensils or food with someone suspected of having a flu-like illness.

Avoiding actions such as rubbing one's eyes, especially after touching surfaces such as door handles, may also be useful in preventing swine flu. Frequent hand washing is a must, especially when in close proximity of those who are ill. There are times however, when hand washing is not practical or possible. In such cases, carrying a small bottle of hand sanitizer can help.

Some medical experts suggest taking an anti-viral medication at the first signs of influenza illness. If influenza of any type is suspected, taking anti-viral drugs given by a doctor's prescription may lessen the severity of the illness. A person who manages his illness in a short duration of time has less risk of spreading the disease to others.

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