H1N1 (Swine) Flu

H1N1 (Swine) Flu

There is a lot of talk lately in the newspaper and on TV – and maybe even at your school – about the H1N1 (Swine) flu virus. Here is a movie to watch that will help clear up questions you might have about the virus. Questions like: Swine Flu, H1N1, what’s the difference? How do people get it? Will I get it? How sick do people get? Is there a vaccine? Can I get a vaccine? Watch the movie, show it to your teacher or your parents, and talk to them about questions you might have.

If hearing about H1N1 make you worry, ask questions. Knowing the answers to your questions will help you worry less about it. One thing that helps is knowing what you can do to help take care of yourself.

What you CAN do:

  • Wash your hands! A lot!  Wash them before you eat – even before a snack. Wash them after you cough, sneeze or blow your nose. Wash them after you go to the bathroom. And washing your hands doesn’t mean just running water over them – USE SOAP!
  • If you cough or sneeze, do that into a tissue or into your elbow. That way, you keep germs off your hands. You touch a lot of things with your hands and that is how germs are quickly spread from one person to another.
  • Keep your hands and fingers out of your eyes, mouth, and nose.  This  means more than just “don’t pick your nose.” Everybody knows that. This means don’t pick food out of your braces, don’t lick your fingers, don’t rub your eyes, don’t put your fingers in your mouth to whistle, don’t put your fingers in your mouth to make a funny face…all those things that are normally OK – don’t do those.
  • If you don’t feel good – STAY HOME.

Here are some more links to help you learn about the flu:

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3 Responses »

  1. If at all the H1N1 was a new black plague the science would not have found such a fast acting cure

  2. I think you are referring to the Black Plague that was an epidemic in Europe in the 1300s. The Black Plague was an infectious disease spread mainly by the bites of infected fleas and rats. In the 1300s people lived and worked in areas that were infested with fleas and rats and thought nothing of it. In the 1300s people did not know that viruses and bacteria cause diseases. They didn’t know about antibodies and how human bodies produce antibodies to fight diseases. They certainly did not know about antibiotics or vaccines – both of which were not invented until more than 600 years later. So the people who were sickened by the Black Plague were defenseless – they didn’t know anything about what caused the sickness or how to prevent or treat it.

    Today, in the 21st Century, when we experience any kind of infectious disease, like H1N1 (swine) flu or chicken pox or strep throat or anything else, we have a lot more knowledge to work with to keep people healthy. We know that a simple thing, like washing our hands with soap and water, helps stop the spread of diseases from one person to another. We know not to sneeze or cough on each other. We know that it is best to stay away from other people while we are sick. We have antibiotics and vaccines to help us fight or prevent diseases. And when we do get sick, we have medicines that help us feel better.

    Most of the time when we are worried about something, we’re worried because we don’t understand it yet. If you are worried about H1N1 (swine) flu, it would be a good idea to talk to your parents or your teacher or even your doctor about your worries. You’ll feel better if you do.

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