Student’s Guide to the Swine Flu
is the Swine Flu?
Swine flu is a respiratory disease of pigs that doesn’t
normally impact humans. However, it is contagious and
is currently spreading from human to human. This typically
occurs the same way as seasonal flu; by coming in contact
with infected people who are coughing or sneezing.
are the signs and symptoms?
The symptoms of swine flu in people are similar to the
symptoms of regular human flu and inside:
- Sore Throat
- Body aches
people have reported diarrhea and vomiting associated
with swine flu. In the past, severe illness (pneumonia
and respiratory failure) and deaths have been reported
with swine flu infection in people. Like seasonal flu,
swine flu may cause a worsening and underlying chronic
medical condition. Take this condition seriously, as
swine flu varies from mild to severe. If you feel sick,
see a doctor. You may need to limit your contact with
others so you don’t infect them.
does one prevent being exposed to, or spreading it?
- Not touching your eyes, nose or mouth
- Covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when you
cough or sneeze (and then throwing that tissue out!)
- Washing your hands often with soap and water, especially
after coughing or sneezing or using alcohol based hand
are Emergency Warning Signs?
Seek emergency care if you become ill and experience
any of the following warning signs: In children emergency
warning signs that need urgent medical attention include:
- Fast breathing or trouble breathing
- Bluish skin color
- Not drinking enough fluids
- Not waking up or not interacting
- Being so irritable that the child does not want to
- Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever
and worse cough
- Fever with a rash