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  1. Too Sick to Work?

    You rise from a fitful night’s sleep with a sore throat and headache. Your temperature is slightly over 100 degrees, but judging by how crummy you feel, you wonder if it will spike to 103 degrees by day’s end. Should you drag yourself to work and risk infecting coworkers? Or should you phone in sick

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  2. Swine Flu and Pregnancy

    Pregnant women are more likely to be hospitalized and are at higher risk of death and complications from flu, including swine flu and seasonal flu, than the general population. As scary as that sounds, experts say that most pregnant women who become ill with H1N1 swine flu will not have a serious pr

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  3. Swine Flu and Travel: 6 Tips

    Are you rethinking your travel plans in light of H1N1 flu (swine flu)? Here are six travel recommendations to keep in mind. The CDC and World Health Organization (WHO) don't have any travel restrictions in place for healthy travelers. The World Health Organization (WHO) isn't recommending any travel

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  4. Swine Flu and Asthma

    Before the latest flu season had officially gotten under way, the swine flu (or H1N1 virus) was already stealing headlines as it left a trail of fever, aches, and general misery across the country. For people with asthma, watching the swine flu sweep across the nation has been especially nerve wrack

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  5. Swine Flu and the Elderly

    What is it about swine flu that has people so nervous? Should seniors in particular be worried? To learn more, WebMD went to medical experts and got their answers to these and other questions about the 2009 H1N1 virus. Swine flu is a novel form of the influenza virus, combining swine, human, and avi

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  6. Swine Flu 101: College Survival Tips

    Is swine flu , or H1N1 flu, back on campus? What if it strikes you, your roommate, or someone in your class? Before you brush it off as hype, keep in mind that young adults, even healthy ones, are one of the high-risk groups for a bad case of swine flu. Although most cases haven't been severe, there

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  7. Swine Flu FAQ

    The H1N1 swine flu virus appeared in the U.S. in April 2009 and never went away. After sweeping the globe, U.S. H1N1 swine flu cases surged as schools opened in the fall. What is H1N1 swine flu? What can we do about it? WebMD answers your questions. What is swine flu? What are swine flu symptoms? Wh

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  8. The Truth About 'Man Colds'

    When Gina Gallo, a school librarian in Lacombe, La., gets sick, she can take care of herself. She gets her own medicine, makes her own food, and "deals with it," as she puts it. But when her fiancé gets a cold, she says he has "a complete system breakdown." "The world stops and the whining is incess

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  9. Is the H1N1 Swine Flu Vaccine Safe?

    What do we really know about the 2009 H1N1 swine flu vaccine? What do we really not know? Questions about the safety of the vaccine persist. Surf the Internet or flip through TV stations and you'll encounter a multitude of myths and a whole lot of hype. What are the facts? Straightforward answers fo

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  10. Preventing Cold & Flu: How Doctors Keep Germs at Bay

    With cold and flu season in full swing, we wondered how top docs personally battle nasty bugs each winter. Here are their expert tips for keeping pains, aches, sniffles, and sneezes at bay. The advice you’ve probably heard dozens of times from your doctor -- wash your hands throughout the day -- rea

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