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.

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What is the best way to get treatment for swine flu if you catch it?

Swine flu. You can prevent swine flu by getting a specific swine flu vaccination (which is different than the normal flu shot). If you get a severe flu-like illness, see your doctor immediately, because oral drugs like tamiflu and Relenza (zanamivir) work, but must be started within 48-72 hours.
Flu tx. If you have the Flu hydrate well w water, herbal teas, soup or juice. Drink sufficiently to have pale to light yellow urine. You can use pain relievers like Tylenol (acetaminophen) or NSAID’s. Rest A LOT! In some situations antiviral medications (Tamiflu, Relenza, Flumadine) may be prescribed within the first couple of days of symptoms to hasten healing or they can be used after flu exposure to prevent illness.

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.
Lab test available. H1n1 flu was an offseason flu providing a lot of story material for competing news outlets. Deadly for some, it had a case fatality rate much less than regular seasonal flu & most cases were less intense. My state health dept quit accepting samples for confirmation a while back. A few specialty labs can test for it from a nasal mucous sample. My office test confirms flu not the strain.

What are the the best ways to prevent swine flu?

Vaccination. The best way is to get the flu vaccine. In fact, it's the only way, unless you're a hermit who has no contact with other human beings.
See below. Stay away from people who are sick to avoid getting swine flu. Get vaccinated. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with warm water- often. Use hand sanitizer when this is not available. Avoid touching your mouth, nose or eyes until your hands have been properly cleaned.

What are the best precautions to take to avoid contracting new swine flu?

Avoid pigs. If you are referring to the present scare, this reported flu strain has only been associated with pig to human transmission, not human to human transfer. It is also a mild strain and no one has died and only 2 have needed hospitalization. What I would like to point out here is the "news press" and it's affinity to blow things out of proportion and only report what will get ratings. Talk to docs.
Regular swine flu. Stay away from people who are sick to avoid getting swine flu. Get vaccinated. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with warm water- often. Use hand sanitizer when this is not available. Avoid touching your mouth, nose or eyes until your hands have been properly cleaned.

What are the best alternatives to the swine flu vaccine if you have severe allergies to eggs?

Depends on reaction. Many recent reports have documented that flu vaccines have not caused severe allergic reactions when given to egg allergic individuals. Current guidelines advise that only those with history of anaphylaxis associated to eating egg should be referred to a specialist for skin test and if flu vaccine given, done with 30' observation and with graded dosing protocol.