This summer, health news was dominated by information on the H1N1 flu virus. And just like a child’s game of “telephone,” the facts about the disease got mixed up by the time they’d traveled person to person. So we’ve put together a list of the most important swine flu facts and myths, as well as information on what you can do to keep you and your family healthy this cold and flu season. How many people have been affected? According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there have been 556 deaths from H1N1 as of late August, and 8,843 patients hospitalized because of the disease. More importantly, the CDC has found that the rates of hospitalization of H1N1 patients are similar to the number of people hospitalized for the seasonal flu every year. What about the number of people predicted to get it? Some health organizations believe there may be anywhere from 30,000 to 90,000 deaths from swine flu this year, and though those numbers can ...
Alternative Names Swine flu Treatment Most people who get H1N1 flu will recover without needing medical care or special antiviral medications. Check with your health care provider about whether you should take antiviral medications to treat the H1N1 flu. Doctors may prescribe antiviral drugs to treat people who become very sick with the flu or are at high risk for flu complications. The following people may be at high risk: Children younger than 5 years old, especially those younger than age 2 Adults 65 years of age and older People with:
Chronic lung (including asthma ) or heart conditions (except high blood pressure ) Kidney, liver, neurologic, and neuromuscular conditions Blood disorders (including sickle cell disease) Diabetes and other metabolic disorders An immune system that does not work well, such as AIDS patients or cancer patients receiving chemotherapy Other high risk people include: Pregnant women Anyone younger than age 19 receiving long-term aspirin therapy Residents of nursing homes ...
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The H1N1 virus (swine flu) is a new flu virus strain that is causing illnesses in humans worldwide. Symptoms include fever of 100 F or more and a sore throat or a cough. Chills, sore muscles, and headache may also be present.
The largest number of H1N1 flu cases have occurred in people ages 5 - 24. Fewer cases, and almost no deaths, have been reported in people older than age 64, which is a different pattern from the normal seasonal flu.
See article on H1N1 (swine) flu for more information.
A new H1N1 vaccine is expected to be available in the fall of 2009. Check with your doctor or nurse, local pharmacist, or local health department to see when the vaccine will be available.
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