During flu season this year, you might have to wait a long time in a crowded waiting room before you can see your doctor or be seen in an Emergency Room. Some people with the flu need to be seen right away. Other people can often take care of themselves at home just fine. This information may help you better understand the flu and what people like you should do.
But, if you are 18 or above, and think you may have the Swine Flu, you can use this information for recommendations about what to do.
This information is not a substitute for your doctor’s advice. However, this H1N1 (Swine) Flu Self-Evaluation was developed in collaboration with the Emory University School of Medicine and is here to help you understand the flu symptoms you or your family member may be having so that you can make your own health decisions.
This information is only for individuals ages 18 and above. You can find additional information on flu and young adults or children here.
However, for most people with the flu (or flu symptoms — even the Swine Flu), it is a mild illness and the vast majority of people recover on their own. So, the CDC recommends that most people with flu symptoms should:
- Rest at home until they feel better.
- Call their doctor if they get worse.
- Don’t spread germs to others.
- Cough into their sleeve.
- Wash their hands when they eat, cough or go to the bathroom.
- Don’t go to work or school until their fever has been gone for at least 24 hours (without using medicine to keep fever down).
- When they have to be around other people, wear a mask over their mouth and nose.
- Help the body heal by:
- Drink 8 or more big glasses of water, juice, or sports drink every day.
- Stay in bed and rest until the fever is gone.
- Take medicine for the fever (such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen).
- Call your doctor if you get worse.
Visit here to learn more about Seasonal and H1N1 flu symptoms, treatment, and vaccinations.
Here are a few of my other blogs on the Swine Flu topic:
- Is the 2009 H1N1 Swine Flu Vaccine Safe? An Update
- Parents Unnecessarily Wary of 2009 H1N1 Vaccine for Children
- How to Catch the 2009 H1N1 (Swine) Flu
- What do I do if I think I have the 2009 H1N1 Swine flu?
- Will the Swine Flu Vaccine be safe?
- Separating Swine Flu Myths From Facts