Medindia
Medindia LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

Swine Flu Risk Calculator


Swine influenza (swine flu) is a respiratory disease of pigs. It is caused by type A influenza virus (H1N1). Swine flu viruses do not normally infect humans. However human swine flu infections occurred and caused a pandemic in 2009 with several deaths reported worldwide.

Human infections with H1N1 influenza occur in people with direct exposure to pigs (such as workers in swine industry), but cases of human-to-human spread of swine flu are also noted. Human-to-human transmission happens through air droplets from cough or sneeze of people infected with influenza virus.

Know your risk for contracting H1N1 influenza virus and take necessary precautionary steps.

Answer All the Questions
Calculate your Swine Flu Risk
Ethnicity
1. Age of the person

   Below 5 years
   Between 5 and 65 years
   Above 65 years
2. Is the person overweight /obese (with a BMI of over 27)?

   Yes
   No
3. Is the individual pregnant?

   Yes
   No
4. Is the person on the following medications ?

   Long-term aspirin therapy
   Medication that can weaken immune system like cyclosporin and steroids
   No Therapy
5. Has the person been working in a pig farm?

    Yes
    No
6. Any contact with people suffering from swine flu?

   Yes
   No
7. Has the individual traveled to a country where swine flu cases have been reported?

   Yes
   No
8. Is the person suffering from any of the following chronic conditions ?

   Diabetes
   Asthma
   Heart problems
   Emphysema
   Lung ailments
   Kidney disease
   Immune diseases
   Liver problem like cirrhosis
   Blood disorders
   None of the Above
Advertisement

Swine Flu Facts

2009 H1N1 was first detected in the United States in April 2009

WHO had raised the influenza pandemic alert from phase 4 to phase 5 on April 29th 2009; Phase 4 is characterized by verified human-to-human transmission of an animal or human-animal influenza reassortant virus able to cause community-level outbreaks. Phase 5 is characterized by human-to-human spread of the virus into at least two countries in one WHO region

Swine flu is a combination of genes from swines, birds and human flu virus, according to CDC.

H1N1 influenza A virus is contagious and can spread from human to human.

Data reveals that the type A influenza viruses originated in pigs in Asia, but now it has become a human disease. It is spreading very quickly throughout Britain.

Swine flu viruses circulating in U.S. pigs in the recent years are

I) Swine triple reassortant (tr) H1N1

II) trH3N2

III) trH1N2

People with H1N1 infections are considered potentially contagious one day before the onset of symptoms and can go up to 7 days following the illness. Children might be contagious for a longer duration.

Pregnant women are more vulnerable to swine flu since their immune systems are less effective.

Swine flu symptoms in humans are similar to the symptoms of regular human flu and include cough, sore throat, fever, headaches, body aches, chills and feeling tired.

H1N1 flu viruses are not transmitted by food; one cannot get swine flu from eating pork or pork products. However, eating properly handled pork and pork products is safe; cooking pork at 160 degrees F kills the viruses and food borne pathogens.

Influenza complications include worsening of asthma, pneumonia, confusion, seizures and respiratory failure

Antiviral drugs like oseltamivir (tamiflu) and zanamivir (relenza) are used for the treatment and prevention of swine flu. These two drugs are approved by the FDA for the treatment of flu in both children and adults. Swine flu virus is found to be resistant to amantadine (symmetrel) and rimantadine (flumadine).

Swine flu vaccines:

Two different brands of vaccines have been developed to protect against the virus that causes swine flu. These include

1.Pandemrix vaccine is given as single dose

2.Celvapen vaccine given as two doses, 3 weeks apart.

Advertisement

Post a Comment

Comments should be on the topic and should not be abusive. The editorial team reserves the right to review and moderate the comments posted on the site.

Advertisement

Recommended Readings on Swine Flu

Test Your Knowledge on Medical Face Masks
A facemask is generally used to cover the face to prevent the spread of infection, to disguise or for protection against disease or pollution. Facemasks are also used for ceremonial and ritualistic practices. The term acne, pimples and dryness of ...
Quiz Yourself on Swine flu
Swine flu is the infection of the influenza virus, H1N1, which infects the respiratory tract of pigs. The virus then mutates to become easily transmitted to humans. Symptoms of swine flu are similar to other influenza infections such as high fever, ...
Bird Flu
Bird flu (avian influenza/avian flu) is a disease caused by an influenza virus (H5N1) that primarily affects birds but can infect humans also.
Watch Out For Swine Flu
With the winter winds blowing in, there's always a risk of catching cold. Let the symptoms not confuse you, it may be swine flu. Grab the basics of swine flu....
 Three Companies Granted Licence to Produce Swine Flu Vaccine
The Centre has granted licence to three pharmaceutical companies to manufacture swine flu vaccine.
Can Tamiflu Tackle Swine Flu?
Experts would be consulted on the way anti-viral drugs such as Tamiflu are used to tackle the swine flu pandemic, and possible drug resistance, said the World Health Organization.
Swine Flu
Swine flu, a type of influenza caused by a new strain of the H1N1 Type A influenza virus has originated from the pigs. Winter always brings along the chills and the flu, make sure you're safe this season.
Swine Flu Or Pig Flu Facts
Is the world in the grip of its first influenza pandemic in forty years? It definitely seems so! The current swine flu or pig flu disaster traces its origin to the badly- hit State of Mexico.

Consult Immunologists Online

Dr. Hemalatha A S
Dr. Hemalatha  A S
MBBS, DNB
5 years experience
View Profile
Dr. Milind Bhrushundi
Dr. Milind Bhrushundi
34 years experience
Central India institute of infectious diseases and research, opp ShriRam Dharmasthala
View Profile
Advertisement
Advertisement
Health Calculators A-Z

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Miscellaneous Tools
View all
Advertisement
Advertisement

Get Health and Wellness Secrets from Our Engaging eBooks
Advertisement

This site uses cookies to deliver our services.By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use  Ok, Got it. Close