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H1N1 Influenza (swine flu): Two Groups of Concern


H1N1 Influenza (swine flu): Two Groups of Concern


In a recent report from the World Health Organization (from July 31, 2009), an
overall very reassuring picture was once again described, but two groups
have emerged as of concern in this H1N1 Influenza (swine flu) epidemic:
pregnant women and severely ill people.


Pregnant Women

Acoss the world, and in the US, if you are pregnant, you are more likely to get
more ill from the H1N1 Influenza (swine flu) virus. This infection can also be a
threat to the well-being of the fetus. If you are pregnant and get a runny
nose, fever, achy body pain, see your doctor right away.

Serious Illness

The second group of note discussed were those who do get very ill from H1N1
influenza (swine flu) virus. How do you know if you are seriously ill?
When you have these symptoms:

  • shortness of breath, either during physical activity or while resting
  • difficulty in breathing
  • turning blue
  • bloody or coloured sputum
  • chest pain
  • altered mental status
  • high fever that persists beyond 3 days
  • low blood pressure.

In children, danger signs include fast or difficult breathing,
lack of alertness, difficulty in waking up, and little or no desire to play.


If you or your child has any of these symptoms, call your doctor urgently.

If your child comes to Advanced Pediatrics, call and we will see him or

her the same day.


Bottom Line

The vast majority of people with infection from H1N1 Influenza (swine flu)

virus do very well.


Pregnant women infected with H1N1 Influenza (swine flu) virus are more likely

to get more ill.


Anyone pregnant with any signs of illness, and all others with serious signs

should seek medical attention promptly.


Dr. Lavin

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