Health : All you need to know about Swine Flu

Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India provides guidelines on Swine Flu. Be informed, be aware, be alert

Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India has already prepared guidelines for categorisation of patients during screening (available on the website – The present Pandemic Influenza A H1N1 is of moderate severity. Check out the guidelines here

Guiding Principles - Patient should:

  • Be informed about the illness during screening.
  • Stay home for seven days, preferably isolate himself/ herself in a well-ventilated room.
  • Avoid common areas frequented by other members of the family.
  • If the living space is small and more than one person need to sleep in a room, ensure that the head end of patient and others sleeping in that room are in opposite direction (head to toe).
  • Wear mask all the time. Three layered surgical mask should be provided by the hospital/community health worker. If mask is not readily available, mouth and nose should be covered with a piece of cloth/handkerchief.
  • Avoid smoking.
  • Avoid close contact with others. If inevitable, they should always maintain an arm’s length.
  • Avoid having visitors.
  • Wash hands frequently.
  • Self-monitor health and report to identified health facility in case of worsening of symptoms