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.
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.