As the world nervously awaits developments in the 'imminent' swine flu pandemic, especially in light of the upcoming Southern Hemisphere flu season, myDr brings you swine flu resouces and information to help protect your family.
Fortunately, the outbreaks of SARS and bird flu of the last few years have allowed health authorities to hone their pandemic preparedness plans and the world is in a better situation now to manage and ameliorate the widespread devastation that a true pandemic can cause.
This so-called "swine flu" - the new influenza A (H1N1) virus which originated in pigs that is currently causing so much worldwide concern has the potential to cause a pandemic. The World Health Organization has raised its pandemic alert to Phase 5, which is characterised by human-to-human transmission of the disease in at least 2 countries in a WHO region. Phase 6 would indicate a global pandemic was underway.
Swine flu - protecting your family
myDr has put together some resources to ensure you have the knowledge to protect yourself and your family from this influenza A (H1N1). Swine flu protection measures are easy to understand and easy to implement and are essentially the same as measures to protect yourself from normal winter flu.
Swine influenza - what you need to know
We have also written a swine flu factsheet to help you understand this influenza A (H1N1) virus and how it originated.
Medicines that will be used to treat swine flu
1 May 2009