Welcoming Maharashtra Government's decision to temporarily close down schools in the city in wake of rising H1N1 cases, Indian Medical Association (IMA) on Wednesday appealed to the citizens not to panic about swine flu as it is a "self-limiting" illness.
Swine flu does not need anti-viral medicine for every one, an office-bearer of IMA, Maharashtra branch, said here.
Being rainy season, children do suffer from viral fever, normal influenza. Parents and citizens should not think every patient of viral fever has H1N1 infection, he said.
"Like any other viral fever and influenza, swine flu is also self-limiting -- that is it can be taken care by the immune system of a person," Suhas Pingle, Honorary Secretary IMA, said.
"It is only when there are complications like Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome that swine flu becomes fatal."
Tamiflu is not required in all cases, he said, and appealed to the citizens not to rush to government hospitals for all cases of fever and respiratory problems.
"The disease is severe in immunodeficiency state, previous cardiac and lung diseases."
The best way to prevent any flu is to stay in good health for which it is important to have proper sleep, balanced diet, plenty of fluids and physical exercise, the doctor said.