The story on swine flu -- also called influenza A (H1N1) -- is changing almost hourly. To make things easy, we've put together a list of essentials that everyone needs to know about swine flu. Here are some quick ways to keep up to date and keep yourself and your family healthy.
The Latest Updates on Swine Flu
Health Map Plots reports of suspected and confirmed cases of swine flu on a Google Map.
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The Symptoms of Swine Flu
- Feeling tired
- Lack of appetite
Some people with swine flu also have reported runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
Of course, any of these symptoms could also mean you just have a bad cold or ordinary flu. But to be on the safe side, follow the tips below.
Back-to-School: Protecting Against Swine Flu
If there's a case of swine flu at school:
If your child has flu-like symptoms:
- You don't need to keep your child home. The CDC currently recommends that schools watch for symptoms among students and staff, isolate those who appear sick, and send them home. In most cases, schools are supposed to stay open and parents shouldn't keep healthy children at home.
- Encourage your child to wash her hands frequently and to cover her nose and mouth with a tissue or shirtsleeve if she coughs or sneezes.
- Make sure she gets plenty of sleep and drinks clear fluids
- Contact your doctor promptly for advice on the next steps to take. Your child may benefit from antiviral drugs, but these work best if taken within 48 hours of getting symptoms.
- Keep her home until at least 24 hours after her fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing medications, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
- Do not give your child or teenager aspirin to control fever; in rare cases, this can cause Reye's syndrome.
Originally published on LHJ.com, April 2009.
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