NIH issues advisory for prevention of swine flu

ISLAMABAD – National Institute of Health on Tuesday issued a health advisory for prevention of swine flu after the outbreak of the disease in different parts of the country.

As per the statement, nine cases of influenza A, H1N1 (swine flu) have been reported in different parts of the country specifically in southern Punjab. NIH, Field Epidemiology & Disease Surveillance Division (FEDSD) issued the public health advisory.

According to the advisory, pregnant women, elders, very young, overweight, immune compromised and people with chronic health problems like asthma, diabetes, cardiac and lungs diseases are at high-risk for developing complications due to H1N1 infection.

If someone is sick or have been in close-contact with persons having flu-like illness, following preventing measures are recommended to be disseminated for awareness and thereby limiting the H1N1 transmission. Vaccination is the most effective way to prevent infection and severe outcomes caused by influenza viruses particularly in high-risk groups.

WHO recommends seasonal influenza vaccination for pregnant women (highest priority), children aged 6-59 months, elderly people, individuals with chronic medical conditions and health-care workers. Through this advisory, NIH directed to all health professionals to be vigilant in the detection of any suspected influenza like Illness and Severe Acute Respiratory Infection cases. Advisory urged frequent and thorough hand washing with soap and water or hand sanitizer, avoid touching your nose, mouth or eyes as the virus survives on common surfaces, etc. Patients are advised to take rest, avoid crowds and take other social distancing measures. Staying home for young children from school if he or she is sick and avoid mixing and playing with other children. The patient also has to cover your mouth and nose avoids contaminating hands, cough or sneeze into a tissue or the inner crook of your elbow. The objective of this advisory is to sensitize the healthcare authorities and facilities to strengthen and improve the level of preparedness in prevention, control and management of influenza.

 

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