Is the swine flu in a baby considered very serious?

Serious. The h1n1 influenza strain (swine flu) can cause a very serious infection - especially in the very old and the very young. Please vaccinate your child against influenza now.
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.

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There is no information about babies under one year old with swine flu and I am very worried.?

Varies. Infants under a year of age have no immunity to swine flu. They can be vaccinated and the vaccine works about 50-60 percent of the time after 2 doses. Most do well with illness eventually. They can get very ill, need hospitalization or even die from swine flu. They are in the high risk group for complications and would benefit from treatment with the anti-flu medicine tamiflu (oseltamivir). Read more...

I'm wondering how serious is the swine flu in a baby?

Swine flu. Swine flu (h1n1) is a highly contagious flu with symptoms similar to a regular viral illness. H1n1 affects people differently. Some people have mild symptoms. Others can develop complications and in rare cases, it can be fatal. Children under the age of five are more at risk. High fever, sleepiness, aversion to interaciont, and anorexia, take him to your pediatrician or local er for evaluation. Read more...

Are there lasting effects of h1n1 on an unborn baby? Had swine flu at 27 weeks, daughter was iugr. Severe speech apraxia, & high pitched squealing.

Possible. I am sorry for your daughter's problems. One cannot be certain that they are due to h1n1 influenza during pregnancy - however, one cannot dismiss that possibility either. Many viruses cross the placenta and can affect various fetal tissues/organs. Other explanations for your daughter's problems should be investigated, namely metabolic, genetic and neurological syndromes unrelated to infections. Read more...

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...
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. Read more...

Is a baby with swine flu contagious?

Yes. Flu, including the h1n1 can be spread by the oro-nasal secretions of patients at any age. Babies are problem in flu season since many are passed around for kissy kisssy time by many of the more vulnerable elders at holiday gatherings.Since they may spread the illness without showing many signs of infection i consider them stelth carriers. Read more...

Is anyone keeping there child off school because of swine flu?

No. School is not the only place where one can get swine flu. This year's most prevalent flu strain is not h1n1 (swine flu). Whatever it'd be, it's not a reason to keep children off school. Read more...
No. The best way to protect your child from any influenza: good handwashing, keep hands away from mouth, eyes, nose, and vaccinate the child and everyone in his environment. Read more...

Is someone suseptible to becoming infected with swine flu from a child who has had the swine flu mist?

No. Flumist has a "cold-adapted" version of the virus - it cannot live at body temperature, multiplies only in the nose, and does not cause a deeper infection. Read more...
Unlikely. If exposed to the living weakened virus of a child who receiver the nasal mist, you might get a free vaccine experience. You would not get the full blown disease. Read more...

Experts, might someone recommend giving a swine flu vaccine to an autistic child?

Yes. Modern medicine has few cures. Vaccines have been the most dramatic of treatments that we have. Autism due to vaccinations have been disproven multiple times and the researcher who originally proposed this was found to have fabricated his research. Your pcp should advise as to what vaccines are appropriate. Read more...