The CDC has identified several cases of swine influenza A (H1N1) virus infection. So far the cases have been documented in California, Texas, Kansas, and New York. It has been determined so far that this disease is being transmitted from human to human. Currently, there is no vaccine for this new virus and the current seasonal influenza is thought to be unlikely to provide protection against this new strain.
If a flu vaccine is developed it would most likely be safe for women trying to conceive or pregnant women to receive the vaccine due to the fact that it most likely will not be a live attenuated virus. In the meantime, there are several ways to decrease the likelihood of contracting this disease:
If you have children who are ill, then keep them home during their illness, do not allow them to attend school or day care.
- Employers should inform any workers who become ill to stay at home and not come to work
- Wash your hands or use sanitary disinfectant on a frequent basis and after every interaction with people
- If you are flying, do not be afraid to wear a mask, this will prevent inhalation of respiratory viruses
- The less contact you have with people who could have potentially undergone exposure the better
- Encourage anyone who seems to appear as though they may have contracted the flu to report to a hospital for further diagnosis
- Avoid any close contact with people who are sick
- Stay at home from work if you are sick
- Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing preferably not with your hand but with the crease of your elbow
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth after interactions unless you have used sanitary agents.
- Practice good health habits
There is currently no vaccine available to treat the outbreak of the Swine Flu, therefore it is important to follow the above mentioned methods in order to limit the spreading of this virulent disease.
If you develop an illness such as a fever and respiratory symptoms such as cough, runny nose, and possibly other symptoms, such as body aches, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea, you should contact a health care provider immediately. The health care provider can determine whether further testing is needed.
Originally published on FertilityTies