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What is the Symptoms and measures of swine flu ?

Can you please tell me where can a patient get treated for swine flu ? Any specific symptoms which should not be neglected ? Is there any preventive medicine for swine flu as of now?
Tue, 4 Jan 2011
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Any registered medical practitioner can treat swine flu.Now the anti viral drug is freely available on prescription of registered doctor. whose who are already suffering from some major disease like asthma,heart problems,kidney problems,HIV,cancer,on steroids etc.whose body defense is low need to be very careful when they get swine flu.
Normal healthy individuals who are having good immunity need to worry much.Still if fever remains very high,you have some sort of difficulty in respiration ,not able to take regular food then you should be visiting your doctor.Swine flu vaccine is very well available.thoes who are at high risk can take it.
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Each state has designated screening and treatment centers, please check with local health department for details of the center in your district. The symptoms of H1N1 (swine) flu include • fever, • cough, • sore throat, • body aches, • headache, • chills • fatigue. • Some people have reported diarrhea and vomiting associated with H1N1 (swine) flu. People with certain chronic conditions, adults 65 years or older, children under 5 years old and pregnant women may be at higher risk of severe illness. In children emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention include: • Fast breathing or trouble breathing • Bluish or gray skin color • Not drinking enough fluids • 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 In adults, emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention include: • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath • Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen • Sudden dizziness • Confusion • Severe or persistent vomiting • Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough What should I do to keep from getting the flu? First and most important: wash your hands. Try to stay in good general health. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food. Try not touch surfaces that may be contaminated with the flu virus. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. What can I do to protect myself from getting sick? There is no vaccine available right now to protect against novel H1N1 virus. There are everyday actions that can help prevent the spread of germs that cause respiratory illnesses like influenza. Take these everyday steps to protect your health: • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it. • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective. • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way. • Try to avoid close contact with sick people. Prevention is by general measures listed above, in some special conditions only, the physicians will give you the medicines to prevent swine flu. A vaccine is being developed and will be available( however the timeline is not clear)
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