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How do I know if my child has the h1n1 virus?

How do I know if my child has the h1n1 virus?

Can be tested: State health departments and specialty labs can often find the specific type of a flu swab sample. Quick office tests are designed to confirm flu(a or b) but do not identify the strain. Although serious for some, the h1n1 strain had a lower case fatality rate than the seasonal flu. Flu vaccines for the past & present season protect against it. ...Read more

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Is the threat of the h1n1 virus a hoax?

Is the threat of the h1n1 virus a hoax?

No!: Absolutely not. Many people died from h1n1. The pandemic may not have been as bad as some people predicted, but imagine if it had been the other way around--a katrina-like catastrophe that we weren't prepared for. It's funny that people are quick to blame scientists and the government for being both over-prepared and under-prepared! ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of the h1n1 virus yet?

What are the symptoms of the h1n1 virus yet?

Flu: H1n1 causes same symptoms as any other type of flu, i.e. Fever, body aches, cough etc. See this site for more info. http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/sick.htm. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from h1n1 virus after been hospitalize for 1month and staying home for another month?

How long does it take to recover from h1n1 virus after been hospitalize for 1month and staying home for another month?

Influenza: Since influenza (regardless of the serotype) seldom results in prolonged hospitalization in and by itself it is difficult to predict recovery time. You must have had some severe complications to result in this clinical course of illness, and without knowing your entire medical record, predicting duration is impossible. Good luck and hope you are better soon. ...Read more

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Does the h1n1 virus affect the chances of getting the regular flu?

Yes, but mostly No.: H1n1 (swine) flu is a different virus than the regular flu. The only link tetween the two is, if you get one, which weakens your immune system, then it is easier to get the other, but you have to be exposed to a person that has it. It can happen. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have the h1n1 virus ( swine flu )?

How do I know if I have the h1n1 virus ( swine flu )?

You don't: Unless have sophisticated testing available in your area. Generally can diagnose influenza, but not necessarily the particular strain in circulation. Sometimes the epidemiology services in your area are collecting such data and they may measure this. ...Read more

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Will alcohol based sanitizer kill h1n1 virus?

Yes and no: Technically a virus cannot be killed since it is not alive to begin with. It is more like a container with a program that inserts itself into a living cell and takes it over, leading to reproduction of the virus and infection of other cells. To prevent h1n1 - hand-washing and alcohol based sanitizers are recommended. Alcohol should be at least 60% content in the sanitizer. Prevention is the key. ...Read more

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What are d symptoms of h1n1 virus?? How can one differentiate it from common cold n flue..?how to prevent it??

What are d symptoms of h1n1 virus?? How can one differentiate it from common cold n flue..?how to prevent it??

Flu: H1N1 is a strain of the flu. Proper hand washing can somewhat help but very contagious via respiratory droplets. The vaccine can prevent it although the vaccine this year so far hasn't had great coverage, but still important to get. Flu and cold can be similar but flu will leave you more achy and likely to have a fever. ...Read more

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Can a toddler (less than 4 years old) get the h1n1 virus vaccination?

Can a toddler (less than 4 years old) get the h1n1 virus vaccination?

Flu vaccine age: Infants 6 months and older can receive the influenza vaccine, while children 2 years and older are candidates for the FluMist. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a person to contract the h1n1 virus from a person who had the live nasal vaccine?

Is it possible for a person to contract the h1n1 virus from a person who had the live nasal vaccine?

Not really: Live attenuated influenza vaccine (laiv) is a live-virus nasal spray. "attenuated" means the live-virus has been weakened so not to cause the flu in persons receiving the vaccine. The vaccine's virus is no longer the same h1n1 virus that gets people sick in the community. So, if one inhales a sneeze from a just-vaccinated person, the "inhaler" might get the vaccine's virus but not the real h1n1. ...Read more

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Whats the difference is between a flu virus and the swine flu?

Whats the difference is between a flu virus and the swine flu?

Influenza: The influenza virus is classified as a ad b. In the a group there are 2 antigens, hemagglutinin and neuraminidase, and the strains of virus are numbered accordingly. The swine flu is just one variant of influenza a. In other words the swine flu is a flu virus. ...Read more

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Will the seasonal flu protect me from swine flu if I get the shot AFTER exposure to he virus?

Will the seasonal flu protect me from swine flu if I get the shot AFTER exposure to he virus?

Yes and no: Yes, it can be of value if your exposure did not give you the flu, since later exposures or different flu strains would be less worrisome. However, it takes about 2 wks for the vaccine to generate enough of an immune response to prevent it.So if you wait until after exposed, it wouldn't stop the progression to illness from that exposure. ...Read more

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Is it true that the swine flu could spread faster than sars virus?

Is it true that the swine flu could spread faster than sars virus?

No: A single contact is sufficient for transmission of both viruses. Every year we see the flu virus infect millions of people in a few days or weeks. ...Read more

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Is swine flu virus infectious after remaining on a surface for 1 day?

Is swine flu virus infectious after remaining on a surface for 1 day?

Viruses: They stay active on surfaces for quite a while although its a different time for many, you can catch any if you try. ...Read more

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A human respiratory infection caused by an influenza strain ...Read more