Vaccines, Virus H1N1 Info
While attending medical school, you will be taught how to treat Swine Flu by administering vaccines, virus symptom recognition, and prevention. For instance, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers free information online that you may use to educate yourself, colleagues, and patients. Some of the free materials available on the CDC website are podcasts, videos, and brochures, as well as answers to commonly asked questions.
If you are a pet owner or care for a patient who owns a pet, please read this information carefully. It may be wise to consider vaccines for the Swine Flu virus for yourself, and suggest that your patients to do the same for themselves and their pets. Here are a few tips gleaned from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It is generally believed that the most susceptible animals to the Swine Flu are birds. So, if you own a bird, it is advised to keep it far away from all pigs, whether the pig exhibits any sign of the flu or not. Make sure also to keep all food and water separate and secure so that neither one – bird nor pig can cross contaminate the others supplies. It is also wise to make sure that all windows, vents, doorways, and any other type of opening are tightly screened, so that birds cannot enter the barn where pigs dwell. The same holds true if they live inside your home.
If you have a pig as a pet, make sure to get it a Swine Flu vaccination as soon as possible. Keep in mind, you and your family are especially at risk in contacting the Swine flu, so make sure that you consult with your family physician as soon as possible, letting him or her know that you havr a pet pig. Getting yearly flu vaccines can help curb the effects of the flu virus, but it does not eliminate the risks all together. Be prepared to be administered a booster flu vaccination should your doctor advise it. AVM tv (The Online Video Network of the American Veterinary Medical Association) is another good source to learn about the disease as well as others. Their online medical programs are well produced and informative.
If you own or work at a farm that raises pigs, exhibits at fairs, or in a slaughterhouse, it is advised to find out whether all swine at the farm have been administered vaccines against the H1N1 virus. While the H1N1 vaccine may not completely cure the virus, it can help reduce the spread to other animals including humans. Be sure to wear tall boots, gloves, and other outer protection to minimize all contact with swine. Because the Swine Flu is an airborne virus, a further precaution is to wear a mask while in the presence of pigs.
AVM tv’s online medical programs clarify information about H1N1 vaccines, virus symptoms, and ways to care for an infected animal.
Unlike commercial media, they stress that the virus is not a pandemic, and therefore people should not panic if faced with the virus. However, it is best to be cautious, rather than be sorry. If you, your patients, colleagues, family, friends, or pets have been exposed to pigs, it is best to consult with a doctor to see if it is necessary to get a flu vaccination. If you are a pet owner, or live in a rural area, it is advisable to get the H1N1 vaccination as soon as possible.