Feeling under the weather and not quite sure if you have H1N1 flu? Here's an online survey you can take to see if you need to get things checked out by a medical professional. Want to pass the URL along to others? It's http://www.h1n1responsecenter.com

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

JGordon's picture
JGordon says:

Hmm. I completed that survey with answers based on how I was feeling a couple weeks ago. Here's what it told me:

Based on your answers, you probably have the flu and you might be very sick. Call your doctor now!

Hmm... Nice try, sir, but you're not getting me to turn myself in for all those unpaid parking tickets just yet. Better luck next time!

posted on Wed, 10/07/2009 - 12:02pm
Liza's picture
Liza says:

I got the same answer. Wonder if anyone gets told "stand down, you're fine"?

Also, even though it asks my permission to report my responses, I'm pretty sure my fooling around with this tool is setting off alarm bells somewhere about a flu hotspot in the 55104 zip code.

posted on Wed, 10/07/2009 - 3:57pm
Sandy's picture
Sandy says:

My niece is pregnant and is also a health care worker (RN). I heard from one dr on TV that she should not have an H1N1 flu vaccine (due to pregnancy). etting conflicting reports from other doctors. What's your advice?

Thank you!

posted on Wed, 10/07/2009 - 12:47pm
Liza's picture
Liza says:

We're not doctors, so we can't give health advice.

That said, here's my advice:
The CDC recommends that pregnant women get vaccinated against the H1N1 flu virus. That's because pregnant women, if infected, seem more likely to experience serious illness and/or complications, be admitted to the hospital, or even die.

Your niece's confusion might stem from the fact that there are two varieties of H1N1 vaccine: a nasal spray, which uses a live, but weakened virus, and a shot, which uses a killed virus or even just viral proteins. Right now, the nasal spray is the only vaccine available (the shot is coming). And pregnant women are not advised to get the nasal spray vaccine.

So if I were in your niece's shoes, I'd hold out for the shot, and get it just as soon as it becomes available. In the meantime, practice good hygiene, eat well, get rest, and try to avoid contact with sick people.

posted on Wed, 10/07/2009 - 4:07pm
Ahmed's picture
Ahmed says:

Liza is right. I think you should see what the CDC recommends

posted on Sun, 11/15/2009 - 4:07pm
vinaygupta's picture
vinaygupta says:

people with swine flu are likely contagious for one day before and up to seven days after they began to get sick with swine flu symptoms. Also, anti-flu medications, including Tamiflu (oseltamivir) and Relenza (zanamivir), are available to prevent and treat swine flu.

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posted on Fri, 05/21/2010 - 7:29am
Online Health Consultant's picture

If you are pregnant, you should get vaccinated against H1N1 as soon as possible. Your vaccination can potentially protect your unborn child from infection. CDC has done great fight against swine flu. thanks CDC.Regards,

posted on Tue, 08/03/2010 - 6:02am

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