Archive for March 7th, 2010

Aultcare Offers Swine Flu Q & A

Sunday, March 7th, 2010

swine fluAultcare health insurance of Ohio offers a swine flu question and answer document on their website.  It highlights the issues that many Americans are concerned with regarding this flu.  The best way to avoid spreading the swine flu through sneezing and coughing is to stay away from others as much as possible.  Always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when possible and throw it in the garbage.  If you don’t have a tissue, cover your mouth and immediately wash your hands to avoid spreading the swine flu.  Wash your hands in hot water for at least 15 seconds or use an alcohol based sanitizer to kill the germs.  Many people wonder how serious swine flu actually is.   Swine flu is just like other seasonal flus, the severity varies from person to person and could actually result in death for some.

Swine flu is caused by a type A influenza virus that previously only seemed to infect pigs.  This particular swine influenza A virus, also known as H1N1, is contagious and spreading from human to human.  Typical flu symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, headache, body aches, fatigue, chills, vomiting and diarrhea.  Swine flu spreads through coughing and sneezing on other people.  Germs can also be transferred by mouth and even one person touching another and that person touching their own mouth.  The best prevention against the flu is getting enough rest, washing hands, drinking a lot of fluids, keeping stress down, and staying away from sick people.  Compare health insurance to see what treatments your doctor offers.  There are prescription antiviral medications that can make for a milder illness, reduce the illness length, and help avoid serious complications.