Safe Family: Swine flu

Most everyone is concerned about contracting the swine flu, but doctors say there is little reason to panic. Here’s our Safe Family report.

So far the cases in the United States have been mild, but health experts are warning everyone to take precautions. The most important step is to wash your hands with warm soapy water regularly and take common precautions.

Just like any other flu-like illnesses, the swine flu is spread through close contact with an infected person.

"If individuals develop more serious illness such as difficulty breathing, are unable to drink, having changed their state of alertness, then its' very important that they seek medical attention," Dr. Nathan Litman at the Children's Hospital at Montefiore says.

Keep in mind the normal flu vaccine is not effective against the swine flu.

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