|Written by Bill Hanks|
The H1N1 (Swine Flu) virus has caused a lot of confusion. The medical industry is rushing to get a vaccine on the market, as rapidly as possible. The questions of how, who, when, and where keep popping up. This article looks to help clear up some of the confusion. It explains how to understand what is actually going on.
How can you tell if you have the H1N1 virus? There is only one way. That way is with a testing kit. If you are having severe breathing or severe dehydration, get to an emergency room. However, if you have flu like symptoms, don't go. Stay at home and consult your physician by phone.
If you have a child age 5 or younger, get them to the ER of doctor as soon as possible. Little ones are more affected by the H1N1, than older folks.
For most people, this is a mild illness. It does travel very rapidly. It is very contagious. It is not unusual for a local group, like a team to spread it quickly among themselves.
Individuals 65 or older are more apt to get the regular flu than the N1H1. Older individuals have built up resistance through the years.
Many hospitals are afraid that they will run out of test kits. This is because, many individuals with allergies and flu symptoms are being tested for the H1N1. A lot of bad information has been let out and people are letting fear dictate their decisions. The H1N1 virus is mainly a respiratory illness.
The H1N1 vaccine should be ready to go by the middle to end of October. The regular Flu A or B vaccine can be taken now. Keep in mind, that this vaccine will not prevent the H1N1 virus.
It is estimated that there will be 160 million vaccines available for those that fall into the high risk category. High risk would be pregnant mothers, children 5 and under,anyone with a chronic illness, anyone that works with children 6 months and under, health management individuals and those that work with infected populations.
If you get sick, monitor your illness carefully, but don't panic. Call your doctor and consult with them. Get plenty of rest and liquids.