Swine flu (H1N1 virus)
Most people who get the H1N1 swine flu virus will have a mild flu-like illness that does not require a doctor's visit or antiviral medications. In these cases, it's best to stay at home until you have had no fever (without the use of fever-reducing medications) for at least 24 hours. Be sure to cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue and wash your hands frequently to avoid spreading the virus.
People who are at higher risk for complications if they develop the flu:
Children younger than 5 years old
People 65 and older
People who have
Blood disorders (including sickle cell disease);
Chronic lung disease (including asthma or obstructive pulmonary disease [COPD]);
Heart, Kidney or liver disorders;
Neurological disorders and neuromuscular disorders (including muscular dystrophy and multiple sclerosis);
Weakened immune systems (including people with AIDS).
WARNING SIGNS: Seek medical care immediately (emergency)
Fast breathing or trouble breathing,
Bluish skin colour,
Reduced milk and water intake,
Not waking up or not interacting,
Child is so much Irritable that he/she does not want to be held,
Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough,
Fever with a rash.
Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath,
Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen,
Severe or persistent vomiting.