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What is swine flu? What is the incubation period for swine flu, how contagious is it and how beneficial and effective is the h1n1 flu shot?

H1N1 . H1n1 (swine flu) is a new strain of influenza first recognized in april 2009. Several human and animal strains of influenza virus recombined into a new strain. It spread worldwide in 2009, and is expected to still be circulating in 2010-2011. The incubation period of h1n1 is similar to other strains: one to four days, with an average to two days. It is contagious starting one day before symptoms appear, and for five to seven days after becoming sick. H1n1 influenza is somewhat more contagious than other strains, which is why many infections in 2009 occurred outside the typical "flu season." the 2009 h1n1 flu shot was "new" in that it was the first vaccine for this strain. However, it was made the same way as flu vaccines used for decades. Studies of the vaccine's safety confirmed it was very similar to seasonal flu vaccines. Most years, flu vaccines are 70-90% effective in preventing the flu in healthy adults. They may be less in children and the elderly. This is also true of the h1n1 vaccine. The above numbers are for protection against developing the flu at all. Flu vaccines prevent life-threatening complications in nearly all people who receive the vaccine. If you get the flu despite the vaccine, it will be less severe. The h1n1 influenza strain is part of the 2010-2011 seasonal flu vaccine. You should still get the vaccine this year, even if you received the h1n1 vaccine last year. Immunity fades over time, and last year's h1n1 vaccine will not protect you against other strains circulating this year. Flu vaccination is recommended for everyone 6 months of age and older. Read more...
Swine flu revisited. Swine flu is one of the flu variants that has developed over the last 5-10 years. It just as contagious as the regular flu.As a matter of fact it is a component of this years flu shot and we considerate to be about 85percent effective. Read more...

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...

Is there a cure for the swine flu aka: h1n1 influenza a?

Antivirals. There are antiviral medications which can modify and shorten the duration and severity of influenza, but no cure other than allowing it to run its course and become immune to that strain. A better idea would be to maintain your immunity through vaccination yearly. Read more...

I just recovered from H1N1 swine flu infection and feel very week, testless and loss of apettite. I want to regain my stamina and vitalityw?

Mgt. It is quite common after the flu infection to feel weak. I would suggest eating well, including sources of lean protein in your diet. Rest and recover. If you begin to have a fever again, then your PCP can follow up. A virtual appt is available online at healthtap.com/DosanjhMD code: NCYHPZ. Read more...

Do my kids need the h1n1 vaccine if they already had the swine flu?

The answer is "yes". The recommendations are to receive the influenza vaccine, either the shot or mist, on a yearly basis. If the h1n1is part of that vaccine, at it was this past year, then you should receive the vaccine even if you had h1n1. Read more...