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 swine flu??????? should i freak out????
should i freak out......... i live 3 hours away from mexico city and i was woundering if i should freak out and if it is possible that i get it........

 Why are you people so scared of the swine flu?
Seriously. Why are people so concerned with the swine flu? 6500 people in the WHOLE WORLD have died from it, many of those were already sick or infiirm to begin with. So, taking a total population ...

 how do i find out if i have strep rather than just a sore throat?

 Can you get pregnant by kissing?

 What's a good remedy for sore throat?

 HELP. I am very sick and nobody believes me. I think I am dying...?
I think I am dying. I have diarreah 24/7, I constantly feel like I'm going to throw up (and sometimes I do), I am ALWAYS tired, weak, and dizzy. I usually have some sort of infection, too (...

 Should I wear a surgical mask or latex gloves at the airport to prevent catching swine flu?
Should I protect myself? We're going on vacation in a few days. My mom is starting to tip on doing it....

 Should I bother with the antibiotics?
I had a plantar wart removed from the bottom of my foot six days ago. The doctor was insistent that I take antibiotics because she said that since she had to "dig" for it, it was highly ...

 Have you had food poisoning before?
If so, what did you eat and how long did it last?...

 How To Get Rid Of A Cold?
Imm Jus Askingg Iff Anii Onee Nos How To Get Ridd Off A Horrible C...

 Have there been any Deaths from swine flu?
Not in mexico!!
HAve there been any deaths in Canada, America or the UK?

(Im so scared!!) :'(...

 I have caught a virus from my computer, and i can't stop sneezing?
I weas serfing the webb and my virus stopper flashed up saying there is a virus. i went to delete it and there was a flash from my mouse and i felt a tingle in my hands throat. and now i have ...

 Yesterday i had the stomach flu, and i feel much better today , but still feel weak,wats the best thing 2 do?
meaning whats the best thing to eat and physically do?...

 Now it's at stage 5...?
So now the pandemic threat of SIV is up to 5, are we all surely done for? Should I go with my friends to the mountains, where nobody goes? We are calling it 'Plan Run For The Hills' or PRFTH...


I just had a positive tuberculosis skin test, I'm going to have an x-ray tomorrow, Can this disease kill me?...

 I just sneezed. Do you think I have swine flu????

 Is it safe to eat bernard matthews turkey ham??
i eaten it about a week ago.. can i get bird flu now???...

 Do you think the swine flu is man made?
I'm hearing in the media that this might be true. Any evidence out there?...

 I'm actually scared about swine flu!?
My friend's mum has diagnosed swine flu, but obviously my friend has had contact with her (my friend doesn't have swine flu) but I've been avoiding her just in case she does get it ...

Y! Canada News Editors
What's the best way to control the spread of influenza?
Read more:

Flu vaccination rates rise but still fall short of targets: reports

Flu shots reduce hospitalization, death among seniors: study

Remember the good ol' fashioned way: wash your hands frequently. Keep your fingers / hands away from your face. There's 14 ways to get sick: your ten fingers, your two eyes, your nose and your mouth. Putting your fingers in your eyes, nose and mouth is a surefire way to get sick. Or course a flu shot if you're vulnerable. Just follow the good ol' fashioned methods. Not 100 percent perfect, but these reduce sickness.

Doug L
For us the answer is proper hygeine with prevention. By taking multi-vitamins and keeping our immune system strong, (laughter and a happy outlook have been proven to keep your immune system stronger) and by having the flu shot. We do use sanitizers but over a long period of time they can actually reduce your bodies resistance to certain bacteria so don't depend on them. If you do, save yourself some money and grief by using vinegar. (Get a carry bottle from the dollar store.)

sharon b
dress wisely. eat healthy, rest well, and keep those hands clean at all times.

Cold FX, lots of sleep, wash your hands, cough/sneeze into arm.

aimy t
stay home if you are feeling unwell !!

A m
Hi, I work in the university and we have a lot of students, that get sick with cold, flues and sinus infections...I am a cleaner, I wash my hands a lot and I mean wash them...I do not put my hands near my face or in my mouth....I also wear gloves and change them as well....My mop heads are also changed from lab to labs.....I feel that you can get all you need, but the germs are airborne and are transferable from door handles and wash rooms, and people throw away there soiled Kleenex, and they sit around in the garbage pails.. ect....so yes I say the shot is great, but they need to really spread how to control one self to limit the problem....just my thoughts!...Ann Todd in peter-borough

Proper eating and sleeping habits are more important than anything else, if you eat and sleep well, then your body is well rested and can resist the virus more effectively. The lower temperature causes the body to require more energy to heat the body and hence less energy is left to fight against the viruses and bacteria of the cold. So eat and sleep well.

greg m
The best way to control the spread of the flu is to promote a strong, healthy functioning immune system through diet, exercise, hygene and a healthy balanced nervous system. Have you ever wondered why some people get the flu and others don't.

A yearly flu vaccine has not been proven to prevent flu-related deaths in people over the age of 65, according to a review in the Lancet medical journal.

No studies have conclusively proven that flu shots prevent flu-related deaths among the elderly, according to the review, and some of the support for this practice is based on flawed data.

While some studies have shown a benefit for flu shots in younger adults, only a small number of trials included people over the age of 70 -- even though about 75 percent of flu-related deaths occur among that age group.

There is also evidence, according to the researchers, that the flu vaccines are less effective in older people because the elderly have lower immune activity.

Flu shots do not always prevent infection with the flu, though they can make the illness less serious.

The flu shot is a crutch that has not been proven to stop or help the spread of the disease in elderly or children (both considered high risk groups).

This is the time of year when campaigns begin all over Canada and the United States -- at your doctor’s office, your pharmacy, and even at your grocery store -- urging you to get a flu vaccine.

Hopefully you review the data and scientific support so that you will not fall for all of the hype.

As this review has found -- flu shots are not even proven to reduce flu-related deaths in the elderly (one of the key groups for which they’re recommended).

What, then, is the point?

The point, as with so many other drugs and vaccines, is to pad the pockets of the pharmaceutical companies who manufacture these worthless shots, and indirectly benefit the governmental agencies and personnel to whom they pay loads of money in the form of “lobbying” and “consulting fees.”

You may also be surprised to learn that nearly three years ago, a similar study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine found that flu shots prevent far fewer deaths in the elderly than previously thought.

That report highlighted that although immunization rates in the elderly (people over 65) increased 50 percent in the past 20 years, there has not been a consequent decline in flu-related deaths.

This certainly begs the question, if this finding came out years ago, why has nothing been done in the meantime to change the recommendation?

And, though the current review provides excellent documentation as to the inadequacies of the flu vaccine, a very disconcerting statement was made by CDC flu expert Dr. Joe Bresee in the Reuters article above.

He said the CDC is considering other measures to tame the flu, including “the widespread vaccination of schoolchildren.” The rationale behind this is to stop the flu in children who “are a big part of community transmission.”

FYI - In 2005 the Calgary Herald ran a story that the Calgary health region had draw for several $500.00 prizes to their Nursing staff to encourage them to get the flu shot. Even the Nurses and Doctors know the shot does't work!!! The more educated a person is, the less likely they are to get the flu shot.

wash your hands frequently.

gangadharan nair
Influenza is a viral respiratory infection causing fever, coryza, cough, headache, and malaise. Mortality is possible during epidemics, particularly among high-risk patients (eg, those who are institutionalized, at the extremes of age, have cardiopulmonary insufficiency, or are in late pregnancy). Diagnosis is usually clinical and depends on local epidemiologic patterns. High-risk patients, their caregivers and household contacts, health care practitioners, and all children aged 6 to 24 mo should receive annual influenza vaccination. Antiviral treatments include the neuraminidase inhibitors zanamivir and oseltamivir, which are effective for both influenza A and B, and amantadine and rimantadine, which are effective only against influenza A.
Vaccination against influenza with a flu vaccine is strongly recommended for high-risk groups, such as children and the elderly.

2 good shots of Rye mixed with Coke daily.

Vitamin C and a positive attitude...

When someone you know has the flu or is getting the flu, the best way for you not to get it would be to (1) wash your hands often, (2) drink lots of fluids, and (3) keep sugars low as sugar breaks down your immune system. I would also highly recommend that patients should go see a Naturopathic Physician; you don't see flu shots in their offices.

Several thoughts:
1. Make sure public transport -buses,vehicles, and washrooms are cleaned and disinfected daily-might need to hire a few more cleaning staff...Ditto for restaraunts...have seen some horrible examples of neglect...
2. Make sure that school students are not just taught hygiene-have monitors in washrooms and parents at home make sure they practice it...
3.Teach proper hygiene to the public-many do not wash their hands after using restrooms and do not carry tissue with them when coughing and spitting on public sidewalks.
4.Tell those who are ill to stay at home till they are well for the sake of students or co-workers.
5. Fine restaraunts and coffee shops who do not keep a clean atmosphere for their customers or have staff who are unkempt and neglectful about common cleanliness.

Flu shots
Hand washing
Anti viral meds
Most of all HAND WASHING

Tiina M
Look at the dangers of long term vaccinations can result. Such as creating a superbug or leaving people who haven't got sick for years being not ready to fight the flu once they do get it as their system is not used to fighting it any longer. Therefore becoming dependant on the vaccines.

the single most effective method of preventing the spread of any infectious process is simple handwashing. Good old soap and water at east every hour, and if soap and water are unavailable then an alcohol based hand sanitizer will do. (soap and water really are more effective, but the sanitizer is better than nothing)
Avoid touching your face until after you have washed your hands, do not share drinking glasses or eating utensils, avoid large crowds in enclosed places, and wash after you touch any public surface, like door handles, telephones, shopping carts and atms. Cold and flu viruses are NOT airborne in transmission, they are transmitted hand to mouth, touch any infected surface, touch your face and bingo, you get sick.

Proper Hygiene!!! I also believe that people who have the flu, should be considerate enough to stay out of public while contagious. However, I just don't see that happening.

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