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Home I Think My Child Has Flu What is a pandemic? Is swine flu pandemic?

What is a pandemic? Is swine flu pandemic?

According the the World Health Organization (WHO) the level of the swine flu pandemic is at a six, meaning that human infections are widespread around the world. There are six rising levels of swine flu pandemic. The disease began in phases one through three as a mainly animal based virus. The carriers were most often pigs and birds, hence the original names of swine flu and avian flu, but these virus combined and began to infect humans which resulted in intermittent human infections of the H1N1 virus. This was stage four of the swine flu pandemic. As more people became infected, the level rose to a five until reaching the highest level of six. The swine flu pandemic has resulted in several deaths around the world, but the infection and death rate in the United States has remained comparatively low, and the policy of identification, prevention and treatment has not changed as a result of the swine flu pandemic level set by the WHO.

Should a parent notice flu-like symptoms in their child: fever, cough, runny or stuffy nose, aches, fatigue, and vomiting or diarrhea, the best course is to take the child to his pediatrician for a blood test to determine the strain of flu affecting the child and to get a prescription for antiviral medication. Only a blood test can determine whether or not a child has the swine flu. If he does, the treatment is the same as the seasonal flu, but it is likely that his case will be reported by the pediatrician to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in order to help them keep track of the cases to see how the swine flu pandemic is affecting the population of the United States. This information is given anonymously and is also done in cases of the seasonal flu.

To prevent the spread of a swine flu pandemic, those whose family members have the disease will need to keep the sick person or child isolated for seven to ten days, even if the person begins to feel better sooner. Hand washing and cleaning of the ill person's clothes, bedding and room with hot water will help to stop the virus in its tracks. Family members do not need to wear masks, but they should not share utensils or get within six feet of the sick person unless necessary. Deaths from the swine flu pandemic have mainly occurred in those with serious medical conditions before they got the flu, and these created complications with the disease. Parents should be vigilant for any signs of complications in a child with the flu, whether it is seasonal or swine. These include; getting worse after symptoms had begun to improve, blue or gray skin, rapid breathing, or unresponsiveness. Immediate medical attention is required in such a rare scenario.

By keeping a watch for signs of the flu in their own children and helping to prevent it, parents stand on the front lines of the swine flu pandemic in stopping it from becoming even more prevalent.


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