There has been a good deal of recent press about the potential swine flu epidemic. Symptoms of the virus include headache, chills, body aches, and usually begin with a sore throat, runny nose, and cough.
If you are currently undergoing cancer treatment and are in a high-risk area, or have traveled recently, please talk to your doctor if you exhibit any symptoms of the flu.
There are everyday actions people can take to stay healthy:
Try to avoid close contact with sick people:
If you are experiencing symptoms associated with swine flu, contact your physician.
The virus seems resistant to the drugs amantidine and rimanditine, yet is showing sensitivity to Tamiflu and Relenza. Below are the current treatment recommendations from the CDC.
CDC recommends the use of oseltamivir or zanamivir for the treatment and/or prevention of infection with swine influenza viruses.
Recommendations for using antiviral drugs for treatment or prevention of swine influenza will change as we learn more about this new virus.
Visit the CDC web site for specific recommendations.