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India is facing the worst Zika epidemic ever and we asked Dr Joydeep Ghosh, Consultant, Internal Medicine, Fortis Hospital, how you could protect yourself from it.
Swine flu has claimed more than 1,000 lives in India just this year alone, with August seeing close to 350 people breathe their last, due to this disease. With the number of cases rising in an alarming fashion, we spoke to Dr Joydeep Ghosh, Consultant, Internal Medicine, Fortis Hospital.
What are the symptoms of swine flu that most people miss?
When people are infected with swine flu viruses, their symptoms are usually similar to those of seasonal influenza. These include fever, tiredness, a lack of appetite, coughing, and a sore throat. Some people may also have vomiting and diarrhoea. Some people infected with influenza A (H1N1) have had severe illness and died. However, in most of the cases, the symptoms of influenza A (H1N1) have been mild, and people have made complete recovery.
The common symptoms of swine flu are (which may be little more severe than normal flu):
How do you keep yourself safe from swine flu? What are the precautions to take?
Is the swine flu vaccine effective in preventing the infection?
The seasonal flu shot will help protect you against 2 or 3 influenza viruses, including the H1N1 virus. The vaccine is available as an injection or a nasal spray. Please consult your physician for the same. Till date, vaccination is the best possible way to prevent the disease, though 100 per cent protection cannot be provided.
Dr. Joydeep Ghosh, Consultant Internal Medicine - Fortis Hospital, Anandapur
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