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H1N1 in the news in Singapore

Child receiving Vaccine

Image courtesy of  David Castillo Dominici / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

It has just been reported that 6 children in 2 kindergartens have come down with the H1N1 virus (used to be called swine flu). The H1N1 first came to news in 2009 when it killed many people in Mexico. Fortunately the virus had turned out to be much milder than it first appeared, and all the current influenza vaccines protect against the H1N1 virus.

The Singapore’s Health Promotion Board provides useful information on the seasonal influenza virus.

How to avoid the flu? Frequent washing of hands is important. People who are sick should rest at home, and when they go out, they should wear a mask and cover their mouth with tissue paper when sneezing. However, the best protection is to get vaccinated.

I am going to vaccinate my children tonight. Hope they are not going to be too cranky after that.