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Take Steps to Prevent Spread of H1N1 and Seasonal Flu, Urge FOCUS and Aga Khan Health Boards

Posted on 28/10/2009

Influenza, commonly referred to as the flu, is an infectious disease that is transmitted through the air by coughs and sneeze. Every year, influenza spreads around the world in seasonal epidemics, resulting in numerous deaths. 

The 2009 flu pandemic is a global outbreak of a new strain of influenza A virus subtype H1N1 -- officially referred to as Novel H1N1-- which was first identified in April 2009 and is commonly called “swine flu”. This new strain is associated with severe symptoms and may contribute to an increasingly difficult and worrying flu season.

Flu-like symptoms can include:

  • Fever (usually high)
  • Muscle aches
  • Sore throat
  • Vomiting
  • Occasional Diarrhoea
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Headache
  • Extreme tiredness / fatigue
  • Dry cough

Focus Humanitarian Assistance (FOCUS), together with the Aga Khan Health Boards for Canada the United Kingdom and the United States, recommend the following three steps that can help prevent the spread of influenza.

Step 1: Get vaccinated

Step 2: Take preventive actions every day

Step 3: If recommended, take flu antiviral drugs

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