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Definition Alternative Names Normal body temperature; Temperature - normal Information Normal body temperature varies by person, age, activity, and time of day. The average normal body temperature is generally accepted as 98.6F (37C). However, some studies suggest there is a wider range of "normal" body temperatures. A temperature over 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit usually means you have an infection or illness. Body temperature normally changes throughout the day. See also: Fever Temperature measurement
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 ...
Swine flu is caused by type A influenza (also known as H1N1). Swine Flu symptoms are similar to the flu that normally infects humans. Symptoms include: fever cough sore throat body aches headache chills extreme fatigue Some people have reported diarrhea and vomiting associated with swine flu. Swine flu may cause a worsening of underlying chronic medical conditions, such as asthma , COPD and other respiratory conditions. People taking immune-system suppressing medication or who have autoimmune disease and immune system disorders and other conditions should be especially careful as well. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend recommend Tamiflu (oseltamivir) or Relenza (zanamivir) , antiviral drugs for the treatment of infection with these swine influenza viruses. The drugs are available only by prescription. They work by keeping flu viruses from reproducing in your body. The antiviral drugs work best when started within 48 hours (two days) of symptoms appearing. They can make flu sy...
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