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Abt. H1N1..Know the Difference between Cold and Swine Flu Symptoms and act responsibly and wisely accordingly for yourself, your family, near 'n dear ones, neighbourhood, immediate and larger society.

Act wisely as a responsible citizen and help people around you too in these difficult times of attack of Influenza H1N1 (swine flu) virus
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Symptom
Cold
Swine Flu

 Fever

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.
Coughing
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).
Aches
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
Chills are uncommon with a cold. 60% of people who have the flu experience chills.
Tiredness
Tiredness is fairly mild with a cold. Tiredness is moderate to severe with the flu.
Sneezing
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.
Headache
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.
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Symptoms of Swine Flu
Primary symptoms
Secondary symptoms
  • A sudden fever (a high body temperature of 38°C/100.4°F or above)
  • A sudden cough
  • Headache / Tiredness or dizziness
  • Aching muscles / Limb or joint pain
  • Diarrhoea or stomach upset / Loss of appetite
  • Sore throat / Chills
  • Runny nose / Sneezing
  • Fast breathing or difficulty in breathing
  • Bluish or gray skin colour
  • Severe or persistent vomiting
Preventive Measures
You can reduce the risk of catching or spreading Swine Flu by:
  • Always covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing
  • Disposing of dirty tissues promptly and carefully
  • Maintaining basic hygiene, for example, washing hands often with soap and warm water
  • Making sure you have a thermometer and enough cold and cough remedies in your medicine cupboard in case you or your family are affected by Swine Flu
Points to remember while wearing a mask
  • Studies have shown that face masks seem to protect against Swine Flu
  • N95 masks are considered helpful but there is no concrete evidence to suggest that this is a useful preventative measure
  • The masks must be changed regularly as they don't work as well when dampened by a person’s breath
  • Focus on good hand hygiene, staying at home if feeling unwell and covering the mouth while coughing or sneezing
What do you do in case you have the above symptoms?

Please consult your physician before you decide to go for any medication. Post consultation, visit a Government Hospital or any approved hospital that offers complete check-up and treatment facilities for Swine Flu patients. We advise you not to try any medicines in advance. Two common anti-influenza drugs — Relenza and Tamiflu — appear equally effective in tackling the Swine Flu virus.

List of Government Authorised Hospitals for treatment of Swine Flu

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