What to do if you have swine flu

CapeTalk's Pippa Hudson speaks to Health and Wellness expert, Dr Darren Green following reports that more than 20 people are being treated for the H1-N1 virus (swine flu) in George.

Dr Green says it is not much of a big deal and people need not panic. He says when people go for an annual flu vaccine, swine flu is also covered in that vaccine.

He says through research they have learned that people who don't work with pigs or are in direct contact with pigs can also contract the virus through droplet spreads.

This is a good opportunity to educate the public on the importance of understanding the virus and vaccination and that it is fully treatable, know the warning signs early so that you don't get to the stages of developing the complications of it.

Dr Darren Green, Resident GP

According to Dr Green, people who are most vulnerable of developing the complications of the virus are the very old, the very young and also people who are immuno compromised.

The symptoms of Swine flu are similar to those of a regular flu but a little extreme, three times more intense in terms of complex symptoms, says Dr Green.

People may experience a bit of a cough, sore throat, fever, nasal secretions, fatigue, and headaches.

Listen to the full conversation below:


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