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Swine Flu Update

Cliff’s Notes – Swine Flu Update
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Know the Difference between Cold and H1N1 Flu Symptoms
>Symptom > Cold > H1N1 Flu
> Fever > Fever is rare with a cold. > Fever is usually present with the flu in up to 80% of all flu cases. A temperature of 100°F or higher for 3 to 4 days is associated with the flu.
>Coughing > A hacking, productive (mucus- producing) cough is often present with a cold. > A non-productive (non-mucus producing) cough is usually present with the flu (sometimes referred to as dry cough).
> Aches > Slight body aches and pains can be part of a cold. > Severe aches and pains are common with the flu.
> Stuffy Nose > Stuffy nose is commonly present with a cold and typically resolves spontaneously within a week. > Stuffy nose is not commonly present with the flu.
> Chills > Chills are uncommon with a cold. > 60% of people who have the flu experience chills.
>Tiredness > Tiredness is fairly mild with a cold. > Tiredness is moderate to severe with the flu.
>Sneezing > Sneezing is commonly present with a cold. > Sneezing is not common with the flu.
> Sudden Symptoms > Cold symptoms tend to develop over a few days. > The flu has a rapid onset within 3-6 hours. The flu hits hard and includes sudden symptoms like high fever, aches and pains.
>Headache > A headache is fairly uncommon with a cold. > A headache is very common with the flu, present in 80% of flu cases.
> Sore Throat > Sore throat is commonly present with a cold. > Sore throat is not commonly present with the flu.
> Chest Discomfort > Chest discomfort is mild to moderate with a cold. > Chest discomfort is often severe with the flu.

This information was supplied by DMG/America
Wayne J. Flavin
Director of Scientific Affairs

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October 25, 2009 - Posted by | 1

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