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Novel H1N1 Flu: Symptoms
The symptoms of novel flu are similar to the symptoms of the regular seasonal flu and include:

Fever
Cough
Sore throat
Runny nose
Nasal congestion
Body aches
Headache
Chills
Fatigue
Possibly diarrhea along with respiratory symptoms
Possibly vomiting along with respiratory symptoms

Most people who have become ill with novel flu have recovered without requiring medical treatment, but you may want to see your local health care provider to be tested for this specific flu. There are symptoms, however, that demand you should seek emergency medical care.

Emergency Warning Signs in Children:
Fast breathing or trouble breathing
Bluish or gray skin color
Not drinking enough fluids
Signs of dehydration such as dizziness when standing or absence of urination, or in infants, a lack of tears when they cry
Severe or persistent vomiting
Not waking up or not interacting
Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held
Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough

Emergency Warning Signs in Adults:
Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
Sudden dizziness
Confusion
Purple or blue discoloration of the lips
Severe or persistent vomiting and inability to keep liquids down
Signs of dehydration such as dizziness when standing or absence of urination
Seizures (for example, uncontrolled convulsions)

People with novel flu are potentially contagious one day before having symptoms, while they have symptoms, and possibly for up to 7 days after they become ill. Children, especially younger children, might be contagious for longer than 7 days. Some viruses and bacteria can live two to eight hours on surfaces like cafeteria tables, doorknobs, telephones, and desks.


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