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Eight swine flu myths that could put your life at risk

With as much information as we all are hearing about swine flu,there is also a lot of misinformation.

Written by ANI | Washington |
October 29, 2009 3:50:20 pm

With as much information as we all are hearing about swine flu,there is also a lot of misinformation.

Therefore,learning about myths surrounding swine flu can provide protection against the virus,reports New Scientist.

The eight myths about swine flu are:

Myth 1 – The symptoms are like regular flu,such as fever

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Testing for fever may not be a reliable way of diagnosing swine flu. Up to half the people who get swine flu never develop a fever,and some suffer from gastrointestinal symptoms as well as more standard flu symptoms.

Myth 2 – This is just mild flu. The death rates are even lower than for normal flu

Swine flu is killing young people rather than the very elderly,and although winter is just starting,more young people have already died of flu than normally die over the entire winter.

Myth 3 – Healthy people are safe. Only sick,weak people get really ill

Most of the kids who have died of swine flu were perfectly healthy beforehand,and many of the adult victims also had no underlying conditions.

Myth 4 – Eating organic food,taking vitamins,wearing a mask,washing hands and drinking plenty of fluids will offer protection

Getting vaccinated is by far the most effective thing you can do to protect yourself and your family from swine flu.

Myth 5 – No worries,now that vaccines are available.

Vaccines will save lives,but only if they get through in time. Even in rich countries,it will be months before everyone who wants the vaccine can get it. Poor countries will get little if any vaccine.

Myth 6 -The vaccine isn’t safe. No point taking the risk to prevent mild flu

During past pandemics,a third or more of the entire population has got flu,and the risks of flu killing you or causing nasty problems such as Guillain-Barré syndrome are far greater than those of the vaccines.

Myth 7 – This virus won’t get deadlier

Flu viruses do sometimes get nastier. No one can be sure how 2009 flu will evolve,but it’s certainly not going away.

Myth 8 – Once this pandemic is over,world will be safe for another few decades

Another animal flu virus could jump to humans tomorrow and start another pandemic,which could be far worse than 2009 swine flu.

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📣 The above article is for information purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the guidance of your doctor or other qualified health professional for any questions you may have regarding your health or a medical condition.

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