Swine flu facts, signs and reminders

October 27, 2009 8:25:53 PM PDT
H1N1 is not any worse than the seasonal flu it's just who is being more greatly affected that is different that includes children.

So we have some reminders for parents when it comes to what to look for and when to call the doctor.

The symptoms of all types of flu include: fever, coughing, sore throat, headache, chills and fatigue. With the H1N1 virus these symptoms could be more severe. They may also include vomiting and diarrhea.

But even though most cases of the virus are mild we do know children are at a greater risk.

So far, 95 children have died from H1N1 since the spring. That's more than the number of kids who die from the seasonal flu each year.

Because of that parents should be on the lookout and call your doctor if your child does not seem to be getting better or could be getting worse. Virtua E.R. Doctor F.J. Campbell says those signs include: a fever that lasts more than a couple of days or any difficulty breathing.

"If you really see them really taking much deeper breaths and more rapid breaths that's the time to really pay attention and make that phone call and let your doctor make the decision if it's serious or not."

And he says for parents of kids with respiratory problems such as asthma they should be in contact with their child's doctor if they get sick. Kids with underlying problems are at a greater risk for complications. It's also recommended all children get the H1N1 vaccine as soon as it's available.

One more tip for parents if your child is sick with a fever then seems to get better but then a few days later they have a fever again that's another sign to call your doctor.

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