Who has/had swine flu....

Victoria - posted on 10/23/2009 ( 16 moms have responded )

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im just curious about the hole swine flu thing....im wondering what your symptoms are and how long have you had it...i dont have the flu myself, i just want to know about actual people who have had it or has it.....also would you recommend getting the shot or not......i have a 2 year old and a 5 month old and im not sure if i want to give them the shot or not....they dont go to school or daycare, so were not expose to alot of people all the time.....im having a hard time with this decision!

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Sheryl - posted on 10/25/2009

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I am a naturopathic doctor, and the herbal glycerite (a tincture that does not contain alcohol) has been keeping people healthy and getting people better. It contains: elderberry, echinacea, goldenseal, and vitamin C. The most important one for the flu is elderberry, which is anti-viral and has been proven in a recent study to kill H1N1. Take 2 dropperfuls once a day for prevention and 2 dropperfuls every 4 hours for treatment of sore throats, colds, etc. You can reduce the amount to one dropperful for toddlers. you can get elderberry extract at most health food stores, a common one is Sambucus liquid. If you want to order from our office and have it shipped, call 360-573-2273. It's $20 for 2 oz. and i think $5 for shipping. we get our tinctures from wise woman herbals

Rachel - posted on 10/24/2009

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The elderly lived thru it when they were young and that is why they are immune to it. So if our kids get it then they will be immune to it. Logical things to do are multi-vitamins, extra vitamin C & Zinc (which helps vitamin c work better), wash hands, wash the cart handles at the store and other sanitary measures. Its flu people not an untreatable disease. Yes if they get it they'll need extra rest and you might be inconvienced but its part of life. We can't protect them from life. I recieved these following ideas from an email.



The following advice, given by Dr. Oz, makes a lot of sense and is

important for all to know:



The only portals of entry are the nostrils and mouth/throat. In a global

epidemic of this nature, it's almost impossible to avoid coming into

contact with H1N1 in spite of all precautions. Contact with H1N1 is not so

much of a problem as proliferation is.



While you are still healthy and not showing any symptoms of H1N1

infection, in order to prevent proliferation, aggravation of symptoms and

development of secondary infections, some very simple steps, not fully

highlighted in most official communications, can be practiced (instead of

focusing on how to stock N95 or Tamiflu):



1. Frequent hand-washing (well highlighted in all official

communications).



2. "Hands-off-the-face" approach. Resist all temptations to touch any

part of face (unless you want to eat or bathe.)



3. *Gargle twice a day with warm salt water (use Listerine or Hydrogen

Peroxide if you don't trust salt). *H1N1 takes 2-3 days after initial

infection in the throat/ nasal cavity to proliferate and show

characteristic symptoms. Simple gargling prevents proliferation. In a way,

gargling with salt water has the same effect on a healthy individual that

Tamiflu has on an infected one. Don't underestimate this simple,

inexpensive and powerful preventative method.



4. Similar to 3 above, *clean your nostrils at least once every day with

warm salt water, or hydrogen peroxide. *Not everybody may be good at Jala

Neti or Sutra Neti (very good Yoga asanas to clean nasal cavities), but

*blowing the nose softly once a day and swabbing both nostrils with cotton

buds dipped in warm salt water is very effective in bringing down viral

population.*





5. *Boost your natural immunity with foods that are rich in Vitamin C

(Amla and other citrus fruits). *If you have to supplement with Vitamin C

tablets, make sure that it also has Zinc to boost absorption.



6. *Drink as much of warm liquids (tea, coffee, etc) as you can. *Drinking

warm liquids has the same effect as gargling, but in the reverse

direction. They wash off proliferating viruses from the throat into the

stomach where they cannot survive, proliferate or do any harm.

Christina - posted on 10/23/2009

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My daughter's Granny works at a cash register and says people are always coming in with the flu. I am a little worried because my daughter is only 2 1/2, but the health department's appointments are already filled and the only other shot clinics I can find won't give the shot to anyone under 4 years. So Granny can't come over if she feels sick, and other that Baby gets plenty of healthy food and vitamin C and such!

Melissa - posted on 10/23/2009

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both of my girls(2 1/2 and 18 months) had it. They had a fever for about 24 hours, sore throat, and coughing. They got the regular flu shot but we didn't get them the H1N1 shot. They were out of daycare for 3 days and have felt fine since.

Analicia - posted on 10/23/2009

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Actually..they test for the Influenza A/B....H1N1 testing takes 7-10 days to come back from the state health dept.... The Er will only test for H1N1 IF you have a positive Influenza A/B...

Sheryl - posted on 10/23/2009

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My son & grandson just had it - high fever, headache, general flu symptoms. Little one got over it by himself in about 5 days, son needed some help from ER, as headache was killer & fever consistently 103. Ever ER has to test to tell if it is flu or H1N1, all looks the same. Prescription: plenty of fluids & bed rest, OTC meds for fever & pain. Watch for pneumonia - that's the only real danger.

Becky - posted on 10/23/2009

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Oh and we all had a fever for about 24 hours, my son fought it off better than my husband and I

Misty - posted on 10/23/2009

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My son is 8 and he had it. We had to keep him isolated in his room for a week because I also have a 6, 5, and 3 yr old in the house. I homeschool my children so they weren't around anyone else to catch it so I have no idea where he got it but he ran a fever of 103 for 4 days nad was throwing up, coughing, and had a stuffy nose. When I took him to the doctor they did the nasal swab and found out it was swine flu. He took tamiflu for a week and my youngest had to take it for two weeks because she is so young to make sure she didn't catch it.

Analicia - posted on 10/23/2009

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Fever, diarrhea, vomiting, weakness, sore throat/cough....Drs are recommending children under the age of 12 to get the vaccine for H1N1... especially for those that already have health problems...My son is 2 and has RAD and has to have a home nebulizer treatments when he is sick...He is on the waiting list....But H1N1 is just like any other flu...It will run its couse...the thing is...even if you are tested for H1N1..It will take 7-10 days for the test results..drs are now diagnosing without the testing...At least here in California... Best thing is to talk it over with your pediatrician...They would be able to give you the best advice because they know your children and what theywould be vulnerable to...Good Luck....

Michelle - posted on 10/23/2009

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H1N1 is actually not a new strain of flu, but one that was dormant. I've been reading reports that the elderly are not being affected by this strain of flu and it is due to the fact that they were alive when this strain was going around and have already built up immunities to it. It would be wise to have your young ones immunized simply because their bodies are not strong enough, and they haven't been around long enough to build up their immune system. Even if they don't have much contact with people, every time you take them to the grocry store or anything they are at risk of exposure.

Becky - posted on 10/23/2009

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My son (8 months at the time) my husband and I all had the "swine flu". It really wasn't that bad, pretty much just like the regular flu, my son and I had it for about 10 long uncomfortable days and my husband who has chronic sinusitus had it for about 14 days. We all had extreme nasal congestion, we elevated our son for sleeping and used nasal sprays. and then just the regular aches and the want to stay in bed all day. We didn't get the shot and personally, don't think it is necessary, butagain thats ust personally. Good luck with your decision, mine was cut short when we all came down with it lol

Rebecca - posted on 10/23/2009

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My two daughters have had it. My oldest (14) had a fever, cough and sore throat. Her fever only lasted 24 hours and she was able to go back to school after missing two days. She did not go to the doctor because she was able to fight it well on her own. My younger daughter (7) was a different story. She complained of a sore throat for a day and then her fever spiked to 104. She got a nasty cough and vomited a couple times. Mostly she was just exhausted from fever. The doctor gave her a diagnoses of swine flu after doing a nasal swab. She is taking tamaflu but basically it has to run its course. She has been out of school for four days now. Her fever finally broke yesterday and she is fever free but still has a nasty cough. We are to watch now for signs of pneumonia.

I would definitaly get the vacinne. It could be fatal for children as small as yours.

Beverly - posted on 10/23/2009

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I don't have it. And hopefully I won't. But there are at least 5 cases off the top of my head in our town of Akron, OH.

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