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Pandemic flu

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Introduction
Swine flu is a relatively new strain of influenza (flu) that was responsible for a flu pandemic during 2009-2010.
Symptoms of swine flu
The symptoms of swine flu are similar to those of other types of seasonal flu.
How swine flu spreads
The swine flu virus is spread in exactly the same way as the common cold and other flu viruses.
Treating swine flu
Swinw flu is treated in a similar way to ordinary flu. Antiviral and antibiotic medications can be used if further treatment is needed or complications develop.
Swine flu advice for pregnant women
Pregnant women are at greater risk from swine flu because their immune system is suppressed during pregnancy.
Preventing swine flu
The most effective way to prevent the spread of infections, such as flu, is to practise good hygiene. A seasonal flu jab is also available for people who are most at risk.
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