Flu 2014 symptoms

The number of reported cases of influenza for the 2000/2014 this season continues to rise. This year the most common flu type is the H1N1 virus. The H1N1 virus is the same type of flu that led to a pandemic during 2009. According to CDC estimates during that time between 151,700 and 575,400 people died worldwide as a result of the H1N1 virus. The H1N1 virus is treatable using anti-viral medication, but medical professionals recommend that is most effective when it is administered within two days of symptoms appearing, Therefore, it is critical that the influenza virus is diagnosed as early as possible. Below you can learn how to distinguish symptoms of influenza virus from the common cold.

What is the H1N1 flu virus?

The H1N1 flu virus is sometimes referred to as swine flu. It is a new strain of influenza that first appeared in April 2009. It is a combination of swine, human and avian influenza viruses. The virus was first encountered in Mexico and since then has spread to different countries and continents. Swine flu is highly contagious and it spreads when people cough or sneeze. Anyone who comes into contact with a surface that someone infected with the H1N1 virus has recently touched can also contract the virus. It is important to note that you cannot catch swine flu from eating food products derived from pigs such as ham or bacon.

Be aware of when flu season starts and ends

One of the first things that you need to diagnose flu symptoms is to be aware of when the flu season has begun and when it ends. Flu season starts in autumn and then ends in spring the next year. During this time you need to be extra vigilant about flu like symptoms.

How flu symptoms 2014 differentiate from coal the common cold.

One of the main ways to distinguish a common cold between the flu is the speed with which they come on. Flu symptoms typically occur much faster than with a common cold. Some of the symptoms that you may encounter include a high temperature, a general feeling of weakness, and headaches. You may also note that you feel severe aches and pains in your muscles and joints and especially around the eyes. Digestive problems are also an issue with influenza and you may suffer from an upset stomach or diarrhoea. You may also note that you have a dry cough, discharge from the nose and a sore throat. Your appearance will often include red and watery eyes along with flushed skin. Serious symptoms of the H1N1 virus include severe vomiting, shortness of breath, dizziness and abdominal pain.

Flu symptoms in children

Children are particularly vulnerable to the flu and so it is important to watch them carefully during flu season. One of the main things to watch out for it is a high temperature of up to 40C. Should also watch out for sore throats, a dry cough, and headache. Children may also report muscle aches and chills. Digestive problems are also common with flu symptoms in children and so you may notice vomiting or diarrhoea. If your child has influenza symptoms will usually last for 3 to 4 days but the child may continue to cough or be tired for up to 2 weeks even after the fever has left. Typically other members of your house will also suffer from influenza type symptoms in addition to your child.

Influenza symptoms and toddlers and influence

Infants and toddlers are also at risk of catching influenza but the symptoms exhibited may be slightly different. With toddlers vomiting tends to be more of a problem than diarrhoea. Toddlers will often also appear to be irritable and the temperature will be at the high end of the range. You may also note respiratory problems including bronchitis and croup. Amongst infants common flu symptoms include lack of feeding and lethargic behaviour.

 

If you suspect you or a family member has influenza should consult with your doctor as soon as possible. Influenza, and especially the H1N1 strain, is a serious medical issue and needs to be treated promptly. If left untreated the H1N1 virus can lead to more serious complications including pneumonia and respiratory failure. Sufferers of diabetes and asthma may also find that the H1N1 leads to a worsening of their condition.