Sunday, October 25, 2009

Swine flu

My sister's family in Canmore had the swine flu several days ago. They were very sick. My thin Japanese brother-in-law, who seems to live off green tea and fish, did not get it, as per usual. I would not mind getting vaccinated if I have time this week and if available.

This chart is not going to post properly. The second lines are the H1N1 flu symptoms. Thanks Leanne. Info in Alberta at

Know the Difference between Cold and H1N1 Flu Symptoms

H1N1 Flu

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.

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).

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 are uncommon with a cold.
60% of people who have the flu experience chills.

Tiredness is fairly mild with a cold.
Tiredness is moderate to severe with the flu.

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.

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.

The only way to stop the spread of the epidemic is to spread the awareness.


Steve Martin said...

I hope the family is recovering.

Personally, I like getting the flu each year.

It's the only time that I'm able to drop a few pounds.

(I gain it all back and more three minutes after I'm well again)

Brigitte said...

Thanks, Steve, they have recovered.

Anything to lose some weight. I know the feeling. For some reason I NEVER get any stomach flus. That could have made pounds of difference over the years.

Went to the Fort Sask. mall this morning to get some groceries. The line-up for the flu shot was way too long. I have lunch guests....

Well how's it in California. We have apparently had over 1000 very sever cases in hospitals. Women have lost babies due to low oxygenation...