influenza (also called H1N1 flu, swine flu, hog flu, and pig
flu) is an infection by any one of several types of swine
influenza virus. Swine influenza virus (SIV) is a strain of the
influenza family of viruses that is endemic in pigs. As of 2009,
the known SIV strains include influenza C and the subtypes of
influenza A known as H1N1, H1N2, H3N1, H3N2, and H2N3.
virus is common throughout pig populations worldwide.
Transmission of the virus from pigs to humans is not common and
does not always lead to human influenza, often resulting only in
the production of antibodies in the blood. People with regular
exposure to pigs are at increased risk of swine flu infection.
The meat of an infected animal poses no risk of infection when
quite common in pigs; the main route of transmission is through
direct contact between infected and uninfected animals.
People who work
with poultry and swine, especially people with intense
exposures, are at increased risk of zoonotic infection with
influenza virus endemic in these animals, and constitute a
population of human hosts in which zoonosis and reassortment can
co-occur. Other professions at particular risk of infection are
veterinarians and meat processing workers, although the risk of
infection for both of these groups is lower than that of farm
Signs and symptoms of swine flu:
Swine flu H1N1
virus are similar to those of influenza and of influenza-like
illness in general. Symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat,
body aches, headache, chills , fatigue, diarrhea and vomiting.
The most common
cause of death is respiratory failure, other causes of death are
pneumonia (leading to sepsis), high fever (leading to
neurological problems), dehydration (from excessive vomiting and
diarrhea) and electrolyte imbalance. Fatalities are more likely
in young children and the elderly.
Prevention of swine influenza has
lungs capacity and immunity to combat any infections from the
viruses. Swine flu cannot be spread by pork products, since the
virus is not transmitted through food but it spreads between
humans through coughing or sneezing and people touching
something with the virus on it and then touching their own nose
As soon as you
feel discomfort with symptoms like sneezing, coughing and any
other respiratory symptoms, start to take Immun
guard to increase your immunity.
Frequent washing of hands with soap and
water or with alcohol-based hand sanitizers, especially
after being out in public. Chance of transmission is also
reduced by disinfecting household surfaces.
Experts agree that hand-washing can help
prevent viral infections, including ordinary influenza and
the swine flu virus.
Influenza can spread in coughs or
sneezes. Telephones and other surfaces and be transferred
via the fingers to the mouth, nose or eyes.
Anyone with flu-like symptoms such as a
sudden fever, cough or muscle aches should stay away from
work or public transportation and should contact a doctor
your digestive fire is normal, your immunity will remain
powerful and thus no infection can overrule you.
should avoid sleeping during the day hours.
cold and damp weather.
and dry clothes should be worn.
to avoid over exertion.
a glass of water with two teaspoons of honey every day early
in the morning.
have fresh meals, prepared using minimum quantity of oil.
Fresh vegetables .
choose warm food.
use of ‘Honey’ helps to control the excessive kapha.
use of sweets, butter, cheese, paneer etc.
products especially curd and butter.
containing preservatives, artificial flavours, colours etc.
Ayurveda drugs may be started as soon as possible. Few of these
drugs have been found very effective in current research works
and are being practiced in India since thousands of years for
combating various seasonal flu's and viral infections.
procedures like Nasya Karma and Sadya Vamana Karma are also very
useful for all respiratory track infections.
There is no doubt
that above said drugs and Panchakarma helps to expel Kapha from
the body and also helps to stop or to slower the viral load from
the body, which is ultimately responsible for high grade fever
and other symptoms which are responsible for high rate of