Swine Flu

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Swine Flu : 

Swine Flu

Diagnostic Tests Available : 

Diagnostic Tests Available You may not be able to find out definitively what flu virus you have. Currently available rapid influenza diagnostic tests cannot distinguish between 2009 H1N1 and seasonal influenza A viruses. Most people with flu symptoms this season will not require testing for 2009 H1N1 because the test results usually do not change how you are treated.  As of September 2009, more than 99% of circulating influenza viruses in the United States are 2009 H1N1. The most accurate laboratory tests, such as real-time reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (rRT-PCR) are only available in certain laboratories, and these tests can take several days to obtain results. This season, CDC is focusing use of these tests on people who are hospitalized or for other reasons explained in the question “Who is being tested for flu this season?”

Swine Flu Vaccine : 

Swine Flu Vaccine Children between the ages of six months and five years will start being vaccinated against swine flu in the run up to Christmas, the government has confirmed. (In UK) The vaccine was initially offered to pregnant women, troops being deployed to Afghanistan plus the elderly and those with underlying health conditions in hospital. The young age group has now been identified as the next priority group due to the fact they are more likely to be hospitalised than others if they fall ill with swine flu.

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