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  •  How do you know it's swine flu? (2+ / 0-)
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    just curious...how do you know it's not regular flu? I know the CDC/public health people have been instructed to assume H1N1 to ensure all cases are treated promptly and to slow the spread..

    "All governments lie, but disaster lies in wait for countries whose officials smoke the same hashish they give out." --I.F. Stone

    by Alice in Florida on Wed Sep 30, 2009 at 08:29:37 AM PDT

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    •  The doctors at our local hospital (3+ / 0-)
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      timewarp, wa ma, QuestionAuthority

      were on the news a couple of weeks ago saying that any flu circulating in September should be treated as swine flu.  They said the regular flu virtually never makes an appearance here until December, peaking in Jan. and Feb.  I don't know if that varies in different parts of the country, though.

      The truth always matters.

      by texasmom on Wed Sep 30, 2009 at 08:43:14 AM PDT

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    •  good question, (3+ / 0-)
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      texasmom, wa ma, QuestionAuthority

      since they aren't testing many people. I have just assumed that my family members had it, based on their symptoms. I've been told from several sources that there are no other strains of the flu out there right now, so anything that closely resembles swine flu IS swine flu. I know that's what the college health clinic told my daughter, too.

      It's possible I could be wrong.

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