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Seasonal Flu and Swine Flu
For Patients and Parents, Young and Senior

The page started on 10/29/2009, Updated on 12/12/2013
Comer Flu Shot Clinic
The Pediatric Primary Care Group at Comer Children's Hospital is now making appointment for the flu shot. Please call at 773-702-6169 to make an appointment.

FAQ's about Flu Immunization
Flu Shot vs. Flumist
Travel Clinic& Outreach
UC Children Travel Clinic
UC Infection Prevention Outreach
School-Based Vaccination Program
www.cdc.gov: free resources
flu.gov: about pandemic
Illinois Pandemic Plan
Flu Symptoms
CDC:Flu Symptoms & Severity
idph.state.il.us: seasonal flu 
CDC: Take action to prevent the spread of flu between people and pigs at fairs  Flyer
CDC: “Take3” Steps to Fight the Flu
Diagnosis and Testing
CDC: H1N1 Flu Testing
CDC: Antiviral Drugs
Caring for someone with the Flu
Teatment -Tamiflu (Oseltamivir)
nlm.nih.gov: Tamiflu-Oseltamivir
2013-2014 Flu and Flu Vaccination
  "Vaccines have prevented more than 100M cases of contagious diseases"  www.dailyrx.com
"Global death toll from 2009 H1N1 pandemic is higher than thought"- As many as 203,000 people worldwide died of flu and respiratory problems during the pandemic”www.npr.org
“ U.S. flu activity low, but two flu-related pediatric deaths” upi.com/Health_News/2013/11/16
AAP SmartBrief 10/28/2013 "Flu can be fatal even to healthy children, CDC says" usatoday.com
Daily Rx 10/02/2013 "Egg Allergies? Fear not the flu shot" dailyrx.com
  2013-2014 Flu Season http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/season/index.htm
What you should know for the 2013-2014 influenza season www.cdc.gov

About Seasonal Flu and Swine Flu

Seasonal Flu
H1N1, H3N2v
  What is...?  

The Flu is an infection caused by influenza viruses. There are many different flu viruses and new flu viruses have recently emerged.
The most active influenza viruses in humans are H1N1 and H3N2.

Swine flu is very common sub-family of influenza viruses and many virus members of this family cause seasonal flu each year.
H1N1 flu spreaded worldwide in 2009-2010
H3N2v flu cases has been increasing in 2012

Is contagious and spread person-to-person through coughing or sneezing. People may become infected by touching contaminated surfaces or objects and then touching their mouth or nose.

Same as seasonal flu; contagious period: 1 day before getting sick to 5 to 7 days after the onset of symptoms. This can be longer in someone, especially children and people with a weakened immune system.
  Common symptoms?  
Fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue
Same as seasonal flu
  How severe?  

Ranged from mild to severe and at times can lead to death
Each year, in the United States, on average 36,000 people die from flu-related complications and more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu-related causes. Of those hospitalized, 20,000 are children younger than 5 years old. Over 90% of deaths and about 60 percent of hospitalization occur in people older than 65.” - CDC www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/qa.htm


"Since July 2012, a total of 305 cases of H3N2v were reported across 10 states." Flu.Gov
Symptoms similar to seasonal flu
A few people have been hospitalized.
One senior with multiple underlying health conditions died

  Who are at "high risk" of serious complication?  
Children younger than 5 years of age, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions.
www.flu.gov/at-risk/ index.html Who’s at Risk
Children & infants; pregnant women; seniors; people with disabilities or health conditions, travelers & people living abroad
Rapid influenza diagnostic tests (RIDTs) – usually done in doctor’s office, is quick but does NOT distinguish between different family members of influenza
Can only be detected by special laboratory test called RT- PCR that distinguishes between different family members of influenza, however must be sent to outside laboratory.
2009-2010 seasonal flu vaccine contains three viruses: 2007 H1N1-like, 2007 H3N2-like, and an influenza B virus.
2012-2013 seasonal flu vaccine contains three viruses
A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)pdm09
A/Victoria/361/2011 (H3N2)
  What types of vaccines are available?  

Live, attenuated (weakened) influenza vaccine called LAIV given as a nasal spray.
Inactivated influenza vaccine given as an injectiion.

Same as seasonal flu
  Who can get either the LAIV or Inactive shots  
Patients from 2 to 49 years old who are not pregnant and who do not fit into the category below.
Same as seasonal flu
  Who can get only the inactive shots  
Patients with asthma or other chronic conditions, patients between 6 months and 2 years old, and patients older than 50 years.
Same as seasonal flu
  What besides vaccination are the best and easiest ways of preventing flu?  
Cover your mouth and nose when coughing, stay home when sick and avoid contact with sick people, wash hands often with soap and water, eat healthily, drink fluids.
Same as seasonal flu
Avoid direct contact to pigs in county fairs