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Swine Flu (Overview)

It is the flu caused by h1n1 influenza virus.


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How does swine flu spread/?

How does swine flu spread/?

Swine flu spread: Most influenza spreads viral particles by the aerosolized sputum (spit) produced by coughing. This is why there is so much emphasis on wearing a face mask if you have a severe cold or flu-like illness. ...Read more

Swine Flu (Overview)

It is the flu caused by h1n1 influenza virus.


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Can vomiting be a symptom of the swine flu?

Can vomiting be a symptom of the swine flu?

Can be: However, influenza tends to be a disease that primarily affects the respiratory system. Cough, high fevers, muscle aches are more common than vomiting and diarrhea. ...Read more

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Preventing the Flu (Checklist)

Get plenty of sleep
daily
Avoid contact with sick people
Once
Avoid touching your face before washing your hands
Once
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When before showing signs of the swine flu?

When before showing signs of the swine flu?

1 to 3 days: Symptoms from swine flu usually begin one to three days after exposure. ...Read more

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Treating the Stomach Flu (Checklist)

See a doctor if you are vomiting/stooling uncontrollably
Once
Hydrate yourself to keep up with your losses. Water is best.
Daily
Practice good hand washing to help prevent spread of stomach viruses
Daily
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How can we diagnose swine flu and what is the accuracy of the diagnosis?

How can we diagnose swine flu and what is the accuracy of the diagnosis?

By lab tests: "swine flu" is one of a series of strains of influenza viruses, some of which seem to prefer or be transmitted through an animal host to humans. The symptoms do not differ much from other strains of influenza, and the diagnosis is made by isolation of the virus and testing for its genetic composition, the two major antigens being neuraminidases and hemagglutinins (if that makes any sense to you). ...Read more

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Is the swine flu in a baby considered very serious?

Is the swine flu in a baby considered very serious?

Swine flu: There is no indication that swine flu in babies less than 6 months causes serious illness except in a small minority of babies. Of course, following clean hygiene around the babies from washing hands and keep people who are sick away from your baby is essential. ...Read more

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What is the best laboratory test for swine flu?

What is the best laboratory test for swine flu?

Not sure: There are quick flu tests available in dot ors offices. I do not know of a current test specifically for the swine flu. The one our office has used tests for a and b flu and in the swine flu of 2009 it was assumed if you tested +for a it was the swine flu. ...Read more

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What's the best way to know if my child has the swine flu?

Fever, achy muscles: The swine flu is a new h1n1 strain of the influenza virus that became an epidemic in 2009. Symptoms include high fever, body aches, cough, sore throat, runny nose, congestion, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people will get vomiting and diarrhea. To know if your child has it, there is a rapid antigen test for the flu that can be run on a nasal swab but this is not specific for the swine flu. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Flu (Definition)

The flu, otherwise known as influenza, is a viral infection of the nose and throat. Symptoms of influenza include fever, chills, runny nose, muscle aches, fatigue, malaise, headaches, and coughing. Children with the flu often have nausea and vomiting as well. Some strains of the flu are preventable by getting a yearly flu ...Read more