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India Launches Indigenous Vaccine to Fight Swine Flu

India will no longer be dependent on imports to fight the dreaded swine flu as the country on Thursday unveiled its first indigenous vaccine to fight the virus which was responsible for more than 1,000 deaths in the country apart from killing over 18,000 globally.

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So far India has been importing the vaccine from French company, Sanofi Pasteurs for health workers and other high-risk people only. The first indigenous vaccine was launched by Mr. Ghulam Nabi Azad the union health minister on Thursday. Mr. Azad also was the first to be vaccinated with the indigenous vaccine produced by Zydus Cadilla.

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Earlier the government had handed over the mandate for developing the vaccine to four Indian firms including Serum Institute (Pune), Cadila Healthcare (Ahmedabad), Bharat Biotec (Delhi) and Panacea Biotech (Hyderabad). Out of this the Government has already placed orders for the vaccine with three companies. In addition to Cadilla, Pune based Serum Institute is also expected to start production of the vaccine by the end of this month.

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However, Serum Institute is expected to produce a nasal drop version of the vaccine while the one developed by Zydus Cadilla is in the injectable form. Speaking on the matter to the media Drug controller general of India, Mr. Surinder Singh said, “The nasal vaccine would be a de-activated vaccine while the injectable one is an activated one”.

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Speaking on the occasion Mr. Azad said that he would be writing to the various chief ministers and health ministers of all states, requesting them to use the vaccine on their health workers. He also used the occasion to request the general population to use the vaccine, which will be available from Friday at a price of Rs 350 per dose.

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Speaking on the matter Cadilla, CMD, Mr. Pankaj Patel pointed out that the vaccine has been clinically tested on 269 people and nearly 4.5 lakh doses will be available in the market in the first batch. Meanwhile, Mr. Singh has pointed out that the vaccine is safe and has only minor side effects such as nominal fever, stomach upset and local pain. On the other hand Mr. Azad has pointed out that though the H1N1 virus is on a decline in India, but the upcoming monsoon and winter seasons may see a rise in the number of cases.

Keep Swine Flu at Bay : Stay Safe with Home Remedies ;)

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Dont give in to the swine flu panic !!

Rather adopt number of measures you can take to ensure that the virus is not able to get you.

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Best trick is to keep yourself healthy and fit. Build your own defences and keep your immune system strong enough to ward off any virus/bacteria attack.

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Lets check out some measures to tackle a flu virus of any kind, including swine flu. πŸ˜‰

It is not necessary to follow all the steps at once. Pick a combination of remedies that suit you best. πŸ™‚

However, in case of Flu, these measures can help only up to an extent. πŸ™‚

And, if you are already H1N1 infected, mind you, visiting a hospital and staying in solitary confinement is a must.

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Here we Go…

1. Tulsi Leaves – Have five duly washed leaves of Tulsi (known as Basil in English) everyday in the morning.

Tulsi has a large number of anti bacterial properties. πŸ™‚

It keeps throat and lungs clear and helps in infections by way of strengthening your immunity.

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2. Giloi – It is a commonly available plant in many areas.

Take a one-foot long branch of giloi, add five to six leaves of Tulsi and boil in water for 15-20 minutes or long enough to allow the water to extract its properties.

Add black pepper and sendha (salt used during religious fasts) or Misri (crystalised sugar like lumps to make it sweet) according to taste.

Let it cool a bit and drink this kadha (concoction) while still warm.:)

It will work wonders for your immunity. πŸ™‚

If giloi plant is not available, get processed giloi powder from Hamdard or others, and concoct a similar drink once a day.

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3. Garlic – Those who can take garlic, must have two pods of raw garlic first thing in the morning. To be swallowed daily with lukewarm water. πŸ™‚

Garlic too strengthens immunity like the earlier measures mentioned.

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4. Milk – Those not allergic to milk, must take a glass of hot or lukewarm milk every night with a small measure of haldi (turmeric).

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5. Take homeopathic medicines β€” Pyrogenium 200 and Inflenzium 200 in particular β€” five tablets three times a day, or two-three drops three times a day.

While these are not specifically targeted at H1N1 either, these work well as preventive against common flu virus.

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6. Yoga Do Pranayam daily (preferably under guidance if you are already not initiated into it) and go for morning jog/walk regularly to keep your throat and lungs in good condition and body in fine fettle. πŸ™‚

It will work wonders for your body’s resistance against all such diseases which attack the nose, throat and lungs, besides keeping you fit.

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7. Citrus Fruits – Have citrus fruits, particularly Vitamin C rich Amla (Indian gooseberry) juice.

Since fresh Amla is not yet available in the market, it is not a bad idea to buy packaged Amla juice which is commonly available nowadays.

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Last Not the least wash your hands frequently every day with soap and warm water for 15-20 seconds; especially before meals, or each time after touching a surface that you suspect could be contaminated with flu virus such as a door handle or a knob/handle, especially if you have returned from a public place or used public transport.

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Remember, “Prevention is Better Than Cure”. πŸ˜‰

India: 10 Preventive Steps to keep Swine-Flu Away

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They say prevention is better than cure and now that Swine Flu is spreading like Wildfire in India too, we need to come up with some proactive measures so that we are not a victim of the deadly disease.

Here are 10 things you can do to protect yourself from the virus.

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1. Wash your hands frequently

Use the antibacterial soaps to cleanse your hands.
Wash them often, at least 15 seconds and rinse with running water.

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2. Get enough sleep

Try to get 8 hours of good sleep every night to keep your immune system in top flu-fighting shape.

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3. Keep hydrated

Drink 8 to10 glasses of water each day to flush toxins from your system and maintain good moisture and mucous production in your sinuses.

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4. Boost your immune system

Keeping your body strong, nourished, and ready to fight infection is important in flu prevention.
So stick with whole grains, colorful vegetables, and vitamin-rich fruits.

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5. Keep informed

The government is taking necessary steps to prevent the pandemic and periodically release guidelines to keep the pandemic away.
Please make sure to keep up to date on the information and act in a calm manner.

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6. Avoid alcohol

Apart from being a mood depressant, alcohol is an immune suppressant that can actually decrease your resistance to viral infections like swine flu.
So stay away from alcoholic drinks so that your immune system may be strong.

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7. Be physically active

Moderate exercise can support the immune system by increasing circulation and oxygenating the body.
For example brisk walking for 30-40 minutes 3-4 times a week will significantly perk up your immunity.

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8. Keep away from sick people

Flu virus spreads when particles dispersed into the air through a cough or sneeze reach someone else’s nose.
So if you have to be around someone who is sick, try to stay a few feet away from them and especially, avoid physical contact.

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9. Know when to get help

Consult your doctor if you have a cough and fever and follow their instructions, including taking medicine as prescribed.

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10. Avoid crowded areas

Try to avoid unnecessary trips outside. Moreover, avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
Germs spread this way.

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We all want a Healthy India. Please Spread The WorD.

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