Swine Flu Basics

Swine Flu Symptoms

Over the past few flu seasons, when people would catch the flu, everyone one in our group had the same symptoms. One year we all had the Hong Kong flu with the stomach cramps and diarrhea. Then, the next year, we would all be coughing our heads off and trying to avoid bronchitis. But in the Swine Flu in 2008 have had very different symptoms that were all over the map.

The H1N1 – Swine flu – is a combination of three different types of flu (Swine, avian and human), which explains why people are having a wide range and severity of symptoms. Those who have been severely ill have experienced tremendous fatigue and weakness which can last for weeks. Some people have had more gastrointestinal issues and felt depleted. Others have had the flu quickly turn into bacterial pneumonia with exhaustive spells of coughing that lasts for weeks. Regardless of which symptoms that you have it is important to be proactive with your health if you think you have caught the flu.

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The CDC is telling people to look out for these symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Sneezing and Coughing
  • That “Achy Body” Feeling
  • Chills, can’t get warm
  • Headache
  • Fatigue, more than normal
  • A Runny or Stuffy Nose
  • There is also the possibility of vomiting or diarrhea

Children should get immediate medical care if they experience:

  • Fast breathing or trouble breathing
  • Bluish or gray skin or lip color
  • Severe or persistent vomiting
  • Not waking up or not interacting
  • Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held
  • Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough

Adults should seek immediate medical care if they experience:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
  • Bluish or gray skin or lip color
  • Sudden dizziness
  • Confusion or disorientation
  • Severe or persistent vomiting
  • Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough

You can find the latest information and symptoms at the Center for Disease Control (CDC) website