Influenza A H1N1: appropriate recommendations
How do I know if I got the flu?
Influenza high probability if there are some or all of these symptoms:
Runny or stuffy nose
Sometimes diarrhea and vomiting
It is important to note that not everyone has the flu will have a high temperature.
What should I do if I get sick?
If you get sick with flu-like symptoms manifestation of this flu season, you should stay home and avoid contact with other people except to get medical care. Most people with influenza (H1N1) 2009 light manifested disease, they do not require medical or antiviral drugs, as in the case of seasonal influenza.
However, people are more prone to the appearance of flu complications should consult with your doctor about the need for examination of the presence of symptoms of influenza in a given season. These categories of people include:
Children under 5 years old, but especially children younger than 2 years
People 65 years and older
People who have a:
Blood disorders (including sickle cell disease)
Chronic lung disease [including asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
Disorders of the liver
Neurological disorders (including nervous system, brain or spinal cord)
Neuromuscular disorders (including muscular dystrophy and multiple sclerosis)
Weakened immune systems (including people with AIDS)
Develop severe illness and possible for healthy people to the flu so anyone concerned about their illness should consult with their physician.
Here are the emergency warning signs that anyone should get medical help.
What are the warning signs?
Fast breathing or trouble breathing
Leather gray or bluish tint
Failure to drink enough
Severe or persistent vomiting
Reluctance to wake up, or lack of activity
Excited state in which the child resists when he takes on his hands
Some relief of symptoms of influenza, which later resumed, accompanied by fever and worse cough
Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
Severe or persistent vomiting
Some relief of symptoms of influenza, which later resumed, accompanied by fever and worse cough.
Is there a drug against influenza (H1N1) 2009?
Yes. There are antiviral drugs that your doctor may prescribe for treating both seasonal flu and influenza (H1N1) 2009. These drugs can quickly put you on your feet, and may also prevent serious complications. During this flu season, antiviral drugs are being used mainly to treat people with severe disease, including those who require hospitalization and treatment for people who are more likely to get serious flu complications. Your health care provider will decide whether antiviral drugs to treat your disease. Until now, most people with influenza (H1N1) 2009 have had mild illness and have not needed medical care or antiviral drugs, as in the case of seasonal flu.
How long should I stay home if I’m sick?
CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone, except to seek medical help.
Your fever should be gone without the use of fever-reducing agent. You should stay home and not go to work, to school, do not go on a trip without going to the store, do not attend social events and public gatherings.
What should I do when sick?
Stay away from others as much as possible to keep from infecting them. If you must leave home, for example, to get medical care, wear a face mask if you have one, or cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze with a tissue.