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What is H1N1 flu? Could my child have it?

The H1N1 is the renamed human version of the swine flu. Initially, the virus seemed only to infect pigs and birds – where it was called avian flu, but when the virus began to sicken people,  it combined aspects of both the swine and avian flus to create H1N1 flu. This virus has spread to the extent that it has reached a pandemic level, infecting people all across the globe.



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What is a pandemic? Is swine flu pandemic?

According the the World Health Organization (WHO) the level of the swine flu pandemic is at a six, meaning that human infections are widespread around the world. There are six rising levels of swine flu pandemic. The disease began in phases one through three as a mainly animal based virus. The carriers were most often pigs and birds, hence the original names of swine flu and avian flu, but these virus combined and began to infect humans which resulted in intermittent human infections of the H1N1 virus. This was stage four of the swine flu pandemic. As more people became infected, the level rose to a five until reaching the highest level of six. The swine flu pandemic has resulted in several deaths around the world, but the infection and death rate in the United States has remained comparatively low, and the policy of identification, prevention and treatment has not changed as a result of the swine flu pandemic level set by the WHO.



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How do I talk to my child about swine flu?

Parents constantly worry that their children will become sick with a cold or a flu. Such illnesses require time to be taken off from work to tend to the sick child and take him to the doctor, but with recent reports of a looming swine flu pandemic, parents panic as soon as their child sneezes. The swine flu should cause concern, but no alarm. As with any situation, the best thing for parents to do is to remain calm to prevent frightening their children. When the parents know the facts of swine flu, they can more effectively deliver them to their children in a soothing manner which still answers any questions.



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What should a parent with a sick child do?

Learning swine flu info begins with learning about the flu. A resource has been made available to help answer some questions and concerns many have with both the seasonal flu and swine flu. According to the site – flu.gov – the swine flu was the original virus that only appeared in pigs outside the United States. Since its first appearance, the swine flu combined with a type of avian (bird) flu and a flu in humans to create the human flu version many still refer to as swine flu, but it is more properly called H1N1. Those seeking swine flu info for humans need to find sources on H1N1 instead.



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Swine flu facts and children's flu

Headlines about the swine flu pandemic and school closings create spicy news pieces, but for a parent whose child begins to show signs of the flu, the thoughts of swine flu become frightening. How can they tell swine flu facts from fiction? Is it possible to tell if their child has the swine flu or just a seasonal cold? Who should be told and is it contagious?



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