Swine Flu

Swine flu also called H1N1 flu is a type of virus. It’s named for a virus that pigs can get. People do not normally get swine flu, but human infections can and do happen. The virus is contagious and can spread from human to human. Symptoms of swine flu in people are similar to the symptoms of regular human flu and include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue.

There are antiviral medicines you can take to prevent or treat swine flu. There is no vaccine available right now to protect against swine flu. You can help prevent the spread of germs that cause respiratory illnesses like influenza by

  • Covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Washing your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. You can also use alcohol-based hand cleaners.
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Trying to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Staying home from work or school if you are sick.


  1. Abhay says:

    A recent human swine flu (H1N1) death of a young healthy girl in Pune is causing utter chaos in Pune and elsewhere in India on the pandemic outbreaks across India and Kolkata is no exception.

    Hospitals, public and private, are all out to face the challenges overwhelmingly without a proper handling procedure of how to come about and test who are infected or otherwise.

    There is also a momentum of confusion over the administration of the drug Tamilfu to those infected within the 48-hour period. For those unlucky patients or suspected individuals of H1N1 infected from the community, they would not be given Tamilfu.

    Also, only Government designated hospitals across the country (only a few in numbers compared to overall populations) could provide Tamilflu, which currently is not available at private hospitals or clinics.

    In Kolkata, there is only one designated hospital to test H1N1 and to provide Tamilflu. The condition of the said hospital was said to be deplorable and beyond human living – with swarms of mosquitoes as big as house-flies buzzing around in quest of victims’ blood. With dengue and others like Malaria looming, many former patients described it as an experience in hell.