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What are the symptoms of H1N1 flu?
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H1N1 flu has different effects in different people. Some people who catch the virus only have mild symptoms. But others can develop complications and in extreme cases H1N1 flu can cause death.
The symptoms of H1N1 flu are very similar to regular flu symptoms:
• fever;
• tiredness;
• cough;
• headache;
• muscles and joint pain.
H1N1 flu can also cause:
• acute abdominal pain;
• diarrhoea;
• vomiting.
A fever caused by H1N1 flu can be very high: if you have regular flu, your fever is unlikely to go above 39 degrees C (102.2 degrees F). If you have H1N1 flu it could reach 39 degrees C and higher.

What are the symptoms of H1N1 flu?

H1N1 flu has different effects in different people.Some people who catch the virus only have mild symptoms. But others can develop complications and in extreme cases H1N1 flu can cause death.

The symptoms of H1N1 flu are very similar to regular flu symptoms:

• fever;

• tiredness;

• cough;

• headache;

• muscles and joint pain.

H1N1 flu can also cause:

• acute abdominal pain;

• diarrhoea; [a doctor I consulted stated normally the patient will have diarrhoea on the 2nd to 3rd day]

• vomiting.

A fever caused by H1N1 flu can be very high:

if you have regular flu, your fever is unlikely to go above 39 degrees C (102.2 degrees F). If you have H1N1 flu it could reach 39 degrees C and higher.

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(TIPS FROM PUBLIC HEALTH – SEATTLE & KING COUNTY)

WHEN TO KEEP YOUR CHILD AT HOME

HOW CAN WE LIMIT THE SPREAD OF H1N1 VIRUS (SWINE FLU)?

The most important thing is to keep sick people away from healthy people. So if your child is sick, you must keep your child home. Staying home when sick stops the spread of the flu and helps the sick person get well.

Answer these questions every morning before sending your child to school or child care:

  1. Does your child have a fever (100º F or 37. 7ºC)? If you don’t have a thermometer, feel your child’s skin with your hand. If it is much warmer than usual your child probably has a fever.
  2. Does your child have a sore throatcoughbody achesvomiting, or diarrhea?

If you answered “yes” to both questions above, your child might have the flu. Keep your child home from school for 7 days or until symptoms are gone for 24 hours, whichever is longer.

If you checked “yes” to only one of the questions above, keep your child home from school until symptoms are gone for 24 hours.

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An informative email I received from a friend:

Subject: Info on H1N1

Dear all,

Following is some good info I received from the Principal of GIIS that was sent by one of the parents.

With the constant fear of H1N1 symptoms, the following measures can be practiced by one and all. This is information which I just received from my father who is a Consultant General Surgeon & Gastoenterologist, based in India and I do hope it could be beneficial to the students and their families alike.

Tamiflu does not kill but prevents H1N1 from further proliferation till the virus limits itself in about 1-2 weeks (its natural cycle). H1N1, like other Influenza A viruses, only infects the upper respiratory tract and proliferates (only) there. The only portals of entry are the nostrils and mouth/ throat. In a global epidemic of this nature, it’s almost impossible not coming into contact with H1N1 in spite of all precautions. Contact with H1N1 is not so much of a problem as proliferation is.

While you are still healthy and not showing any symptoms of H1N1 infection, in order to prevent proliferation, aggravation of symptoms and development of secondary infections, some very simple steps – not fully highlighted in most official communications – can be practiced (instead of focusing on how to stock N95 or Tamiflu):

1. Frequent hand-washing (well highlighted in all official communications).

2. “Hands-off-the-face” approach. Resist all temptations to touch any part of face (unless you want to eat, bathe or slap).

3. Gargle twice a day with warm salt water (use Listerine if you don’t trust salt). H1N1 takes 2-3 days after initial infection in the throat/ nasal cavity to proliferate and show characteristic symptoms. Simple gargling prevents proliferation. In a way, gargling with salt water has the same effect on a healthy individual that Tamiflu has on an infected one. Don’t underestimate this simple, inexpensive and powerful preventative method.

4. Similar to 3 above, clean your nostrils at least once every day with warm salt water. Not everybody may be good at Jala Neti or Sutra Neti (very good Yoga asanas to clean nasal cavities), but blowing the nose hard once a day and swabbing both nostrils with cotton buds dipped in warm salt water is very effective in bringing down viral population.

5. Boost your natural immunity with foods that are rich in Vitamin C (Amla and other citrus fruits). If you have to supplement with Vitamin C tablets, make sure that it also has Zinc/bioflavonoids to boost absorption.

6. Drink as much of warm liquids as you can. Drinking warm liquids has the same effect as gargling, but in the reverse direction. They wash off proliferating viruses from the throat into the stomach where they cannot survive, proliferate or do any harm.

All these are simple ways to prevent, within means of most households, and certainly much less painful than to wait in long queues outside public hospitals.

I do hope, this information could be passed on to one and all, for a healthy and H1N1 free environment.

With regards

Best Regards

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