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how long will you be hospitalized if you have h1n1 flu?

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Dr. Joseph Bouvier
Pediatrics 25 years experience
Depends: Most people are not hospitalized. All strains of "flu" affect the very young and very old and individuals with chronic disease more severely than most others. There are, of course, always exceptions.

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What is h1n1 flu or swine flu?

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Dr. Arthur Torre
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 51 years experience
Latest new flu: Swine flu was the latest flu to be in circulation, it started in 2009 and has remained one of the predominant strains in circulation since then. It differs from previous strains in that younger adults and pregnant women were most severely affected. It has been included in this year's flu shot and will remain in the 2011 - 2012 vaccine.
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A 24-year-old member asked:

After already having swine flu do you still need the shot?

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Dr. Marianne DiNapoli
Dr. Marianne DiNapoli answered
Obstetrics and Gynecology 8 years experience
Yes.: Different strains of the influenza virus pop up every year. The flu vaccine is designed to protect people from the particular strain of flu that will be prevalent each flu season. For this reason, it is a good idea to get the flu vaccine every year.
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A 38-year-old member asked:

Can you be vaccinated against h1n1 after contracting it?

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Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 22 years experience
Sure: Of course, you just may not receive any appreciable value from the vaccine as you likely already have reacted and created some natural immunity. However, the h1n1 vaccine is now combined with the regular flu shot seasonally and its likely you would still realize some additional seasonal protection from those other strains.
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A 38-year-old member asked:

If I have swine flu, is it safe for people to go on a road trip with me?

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Dr. RADHA SYED
Gynecology 52 years experience
Swine flu: Absolutely not!i advise you not to travel anywhere or be in public.
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 53 years experience
Dr. Sayed is correct. It is unlikely you have swine flu, whch currently doesn't exist in the US or at least is extremely rare. But sitting in a car for hours on end, sharing motels or camping gear, and similar contacts with other persons would definitely put them at risk of influenza if you have it. You'll have to delay the trip or drop out.
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A 33-year-old member asked:

What does swine flu do to you?

3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Many things: Influenza virus invades susceptible cells and damages those cells. In the process the body releases chemicals called cytokines in response, and these are responsible for many of the symptoms, including cough, headache, runny nose, fever, chills, GI symptoms and muscle aches. Because of the damage to normal cells it lowers immunity to other organisms and you develop secondary infections.

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