10 Things You Need to Know about the Swine Flu Virus
The Associated Press has released ten important points and information everyone should about the swine flu, which has already infected over one million Americans.
1. Do not panic. For most people, the swine flu is similar to a regular flu.
2. Swine flu is more dangerous for certain groups of people, like children under two, pregnant women and those who already have illnesses like heart conditions or diabetes.
3. Wash your hands often. The virus can be caught from those coughing or sneezing -- so washing hands frequently and using an anti-bacterial hand sanitizer is important.
4. Vaccinate the children. It is recommended that children 6 months - those 24 years of age be vaccinated. Pregnant women and parents are also high on the list.
5. Get flu shots yearly.
6. Immunity takes weeks to work. Get your flu shots as early as possible.
7. Vaccines for swine flu are being tested right now by health officials. It should be available by October.
8. If swine flu is hitting many around you, stay clear of large groups of people (the mall, movie theaters, etc). Wash hands frequently and keep your hands away from your face (eyes, nose and mouth).
9. If you get sick and have any health issues, such as pregnancy, contact a doctor immediately. Go to an emergency room if you experience constant vomiting, a fever that keeps rising or any problems breathing.
10. You can't catch swine flu from pork - it is not passed by handling or eating meat.