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H1N1 Flu Vaccine

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H1N1 Flu Symptoms

What are the signs and symptoms of this virus in people?

The symptoms of 2009 H1N1 flu virus in people include:

  •  fever of 100°F or higher
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • runny or stuffy nose
  • body aches
  • headache
  • chills
  • fatigue
  • A significant number of people who have been infected with this virus also have reported diarrhea and vomiting. 

How severe is illness associated with 2009 H1N1 flu virus?

Illness with the new H1N1 virus has ranged from mild to severe. While most people who have been sick have recovered without needing medical treatment, hospitalizations and deaths from infection with this virus have occurred.

In seasonal flu, certain people are at “high risk” of serious complications. This includes people 65 years and older, children younger than five years old, pregnant women, and people of any age with certain chronic medical conditions. About 70 percent of people who have been hospitalized with this 2009 H1N1 virus have had one or more medical conditions previously recognized as placing people at “high risk” of serious seasonal flu-related complications. This includes pregnancy, diabetes, heart disease, asthma and kidney disease.

One thing that appears to be different from seasonal influenza is that adults older than 64 years do not yet appear to be at increased risk of 2009 H1N1-related complications thus far. CDC laboratory studies have shown that no children and very few adults younger than 60 years old have existing antibody to 2009 H1N1 flu virus; however, about one-third of adults older than 60 may have antibodies against this virus. It is unknown how much, if any, protection may be afforded against 2009 H1N1 flu by any existing antibody.

H1N1 Virus (Swine Flu) and You
(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu): Resources for Child Care Programs, Schools, Colleges, and Universities
(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Influenza A(H1N1): Special Information
(World Health Organization)
(Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals) - Know What to Do About the Flu                               (One-stop access to U.S. Government H1N1, avian and pandemic flu information.)





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