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Precautions to keep swine flu at bay
 

The deadly Swine Flu has reached the Indian shores following the global outbreak and now, claimed one life. However, Swine Flu is certainly one of those diseased where an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Here are ten tips for you to keep away from the pandemic.

1. Wash your hands frequently

Use the antibacterial soaps to cleanse your hands. Wash them often, at least 15 seconds and rinse with running water.

2. Get enough sleep

Try to get 8 hours of good sleep every night to keep your immune system in top flu-fighting shape.

3. Drink sufficient water

Drink 8 to10 glasses of water each day to flush toxins from your system and maintain good moisture and mucous production in your sinuses.

4. Boost your immune system

Keeping your body strong, nourished, and ready to fight infection is important in flu prevention. So stick with whole grains, colorful vegetables, and vitamin-rich fruits.

5. Keep informed

The government is taking necessary steps to prevent the pandemic and periodically release guidelines to keep the pandemic away. Please make sure to keep up to date on the information and act in a calm manner.

6. Avoid alcohol

Apart from being a mood depressant, alcohol is an immune suppressant that can actually decrease your resistance to viral infections like swine flu. So stay away from alcoholic drinks so that your immune system may be strong.

7. Be physically active

Moderate exercise can support the immune system by increasing circulation and oxygenating the body. For example brisk walking for 30-40 minutes 3-4 times a week will significantly perk up your immunity.

8. Keep away from sick people

Flu virus spreads when particles dispersed into the air through a cough or sneeze reach someone else€™s nose. So if you have to be around someone who is sick, try to stay a few feet away from them and especially, avoid physical contact.

9. Know when to get help

Consult your doctor if you have a cough and fever and follow their instructions, including taking medicine as prescribed.

10. Avoid crowded areas

Try to avoid unnecessary trips outside.

 

Link http://in.news.yahoo.com/242/20090806/1512/tls-how-to-prevent-swine-flu-infection.html

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thanks for the tips and advice..

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Voices on Swine Flu

Swine Flu is on the rise and it's making havoc in India especially in Pune and now in Mumbai and so every sector is taking precautionary measures from Swine Flu. Indya spoke to television actors about Swine Flu and what precautions they are taking to stay away from influenza.

Parul Chouhan


"Yaa. Its very scary but I'm taking extra preventive measures because after having chickenpox its obvious that I have to take care more and so my doctor has given me tablets which are rich in Vitamins and minerals which will ultimately improve my immune system."

Precautions: Washing my hand with dettol and this is told by doctors itself."
 
Wasna Ahmad


"I'm really very worried because its an air borne and can happen to anyone so I'm just keeping myself clean and also telling others, especially to crew members from the set to keep themselves clean."

Precautions: Avoid crowded places, if any body feels feverish please go to a doctor for further medication."

Sweta Kawatra


"I'm not at all worried because I have consulted my doctor about precautionary measures and my doctor has said to keep yourself clean and healthy and agar kisi ko hona hai toh ho kar hi rahega and I'm not at all worried."

Precautions: Stay Hygienic

Aamir Ali


"Its scary because it's in India especially in Pune and Mumbai but the government had told us that there is no need to panic but one must take care and on the personal front I'm not taking any preventive measures and I hope that things will be fine in the coming weeks."

Precautions: Not much precautions but do check with the doctor if anyone gets a cold."

Sanya Irani


"No yaar I'm not taking precautions and on set it's almost difficult because while shooting we can't put mask but one thing is that I'm taking Vitamin C tablets which is really good to increase your immune system."

Precautions: Increase your immunity.

What is Swine Flu?

Swine flu, otherwise known as pandemic influenza H1N1 2009, is a disease caused by a virus that affects the respiratory system.Any person with flu like symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat, cold, running nose etc. should go to a designated Government facility for giving his/her sample for testing for the H1N1 virus. After clinical assessment, the designated medical officer would decide on the need for testing. Except for cases that are severe, the patient would be allowed to go home. The swine flue virus is mainly from one person to another through droplets released during coughing or sneezing. You can also get infected when you touch surfaces or hold objects contaminated with the virus. It can be door handles, tissue paper, handkerchief or hands.

Preventive Measures

Regularly wash hands with soap and water

Keep a distance of at least one step from an infected person or person with any of the symptoms to avoid contract with the influenza droplets

If you make contact with a sick person or with a potentially infected surface, please do not touch eyes, nose or mouth until you wash your hands with soap

Avoid close contact with a sick person and refrain from handshaking, kissing or hugging

Be active at all times, drink plenty of fluids, eat well, reduce stress and have enough sleep

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Swine Flu scares Stars

Swine Flu is on the rise and has gripped the country in fear. Bollywood too has come on a standstill, as Karan Johar recently cancelled the shoot of his film Kurbaan, starring Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor in Pune due to the deadly scare. StarBoxOffice spoke to a few celebrities to know how well informed they are about the pandemic and what precautions are they taking to prevent themselves from swine flu.

 
 
Amitabh Bachchan:
Big B spoke of the flu scare at his grand daughter Navya Naveli's school and the media apathy concerning the flu in the country on his blog, 'Navya's School in Delhi rang in late last night to say a girl in the 6th standard had tested positive for Swine Flu and that the School had been shut and all the kids were instructed to stay home. The little girl student is in the same year as Navya but in a different section of class. Obviously this has created an alarming situation for the families of all the children.'

'The electronic media apparently, instead of demonstrating calm and caution has been only concentrating on the alarming aspect of the disease, by repeatedly showing the extreme case of a young girl that sadly a week ago as a first case, succumbed to the illness in the city," he signed off.
 
 
Raima Sen:
The situation is very scary and is a matter of dire concern. But being in this profession, one can't sit back at home and avoid work, I have already ordered for masks and hand sanitizers. One should avoid going to malls and theatres during this time, try your level best to stay away from crowded places. Teach your staff and friends about the flu and carry a handkerchief with you at all times.

Luke Kenny:
I'm keeping myself updated on the information regarding swine flu. And I am every vigilant when in public places. Avoid tactile contact no more than necessary and eat only home-cooked food.
 
 
Kareena Kapoor:
A source close to the actress revealed, "Kareena was the one who forced director Rensil D'Silva to call off the shoot in Pune due to the Swine Flu scare. She has just a few portions to shoot but does not want to take any risks and put her point forward to Rensil and Karan." Kareena had even gone on to tell the press that she will not shoot in Pune until the situation is under control and prevention of the disease is better than the cure itself.

Mallika Sherawat:
Even while in the U.S, Mallika isnt oblivious to the scare in home town, the actress tweeted on social networking site Twitter, 'Swine Flu is a threat to life and one should inform him/herself about the symptoms and the cautionary methods of preventing himself from the flu.' The actress then added a link to her page about all things informing about the virus.

What is Swine Flu?

Swine flu, otherwise known as pandemic influenza H1N1 2009, is a disease caused by a virus that affects the respiratory system.Any person with flu like symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat, cold, running nose etc. should go to a designated Government facility for giving his/her sample for testing for the H1N1 virus. After clinical assessment, the designated medical officer would decide on the need for testing. Except for cases that are severe, the patient would be allowed to go home. The swine flue virus is mainly from one person to another through droplets released during coughing or sneezing. You can also get infected when you touch surfaces or hold objects contaminated with the virus. It can be door handles, tissue paper, handkerchief or hands.

Preventive Measures

Regularly wash hands with soap and water

Keep a distance of at least one step from an infected person or person with any of the symptoms to avoid contract with the influenza droplets

If you make contact with a sick person or with a potentially infected surface, please do not touch eyes, nose or mouth until you wash your hands with soap

Avoid close contact with a sick person and refrain from handshaking, kissing or hugging

Be active at all times, drink plenty of fluids, eat well, reduce stress and have enough sleep

For more information, click
here
 
 

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Ten private hospitals for H1N1
 
Mumbai: Nineteen private hospitals had volunteered to treat influenza A (H1N1), or swine flu, patients. Of these, nine, among which rank the likes of Lilavati and Jagjivanram, failed to meet government norms and were consequently rejected on Friday.
 

While Lilavati wanted the isolation ward to be located in its refuge area, Jagjivanram proposed to set it up right in front of the paediatric ward. Neither proposal was acceptable to the government. Most of the others were rejected because they failed to separate the isolation ward from the centralised air conditioning system.

Ten hospitals have got the state government nod to start treating swine flu patients with immediate effect. Some of them are expected to start functioning in the next couple of days while others will take more time to get technically updated. These hospitals add 110 beds to the existing treatment infrastructure in the city.

The 10 hospitals will have separate units for positive and suspected H1N1 patients. "The suspected patients need to be kept at a safe distance from each other and adequate precautions will be taken. All private hospitals have agreed to provide separate units," additional chief health secretary Sharvaree Gokhale said.

A health official said Lilavati Hospital's proposal was immediately rejected by BMC's chief secretary Johny Joseph.

Mohan Rajan, spokesperson for Lilavati, refused to comment saying, "You should ask state government for the reasons."

Other hospitals rejected by the government were Jaslok, Saifee, Prince Ali Khan, Asian Heart, Brahmakumari's, Guru Nanak and Holy Family. The official added that there will be no need to rope in more private hospitals as the occupancy rate at Kasturba Hospital is only 30% while it is less than 15% at JJ.

Gokhale added that the private hospitals will be provided with Tamiflu free of charge, and other charges will be borne by the patients. However, both private and public insurance companies have indicated that they will pick up the tab, even in the case of confirmed H1N1 cases. "We do have a product to take care of hospitalisation expenses for several diseases, including H1N1, since it is just another form of flu," said Krishnamoorthy Rao, chief operating officer, Future Generali India Insurance Company Limited. On doubts being raised about the validity of medical insurance in times of pandemic, Rao said, "No company can deny paying the mediclaim amount to H1N1 patients."

Meanwhile, private pathological laboratories will start testing samples of suspected swine flu cases from next week after the Union government on Friday conducted an orientation programs for six laboratories apprising them of the guidelines for conducting the tests.

Officials from National Institute of Communicable Diseases and Ministry of Health told the private labs about handling the samples and other logistics. Representatives from six private labs Super Religare Laboratories, Lal Path Labs, Quest diagnostic, Piramal Diagnostic, Auroprobe Laboratories and Era Health were present.

Super Religare Laboratories (SRL) said it is ready to conduct swine flu tests at Rs4,000, while the government claims it spends nearly Rs.10,000 for testing a swine flu patient's sample, which it does not pass on to the patient. "We are fully prepared for the screening of H1N1 in all our laboratories in the country and are only waiting for the green signal from the government. We have lowered our prices as we see this as an opportunity to serve the nation," said Sanjeev K. Chaudhry, chief executive of Super Religare Laboratories. "We have adequate amount of testing kits available with us with a team of renowned doctors at both Mumbai and Gurgaon."

Private help at hand

Bombay Hospital, Breach Candy, Harkisandas, Hinduja, Holy Spirit, Kokilaben D Ambani, Nanavati, Hiranandani, Wockhardt, Inlaks Stock of Tamiflu by Saturday

The state government said that it will get the first stock of Tamiflu from the central government by Saturday. "We have requested for 15,000 doses and the first stock will be delivered soon," additional chief health secretary Gokhale said.

 

Link http://www.dnaindia.com/mumbai/report_ten-private-hospitals-for-h1n1_1282576

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