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Cold, Flu, & Cough Health Center

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Swine Flu Sickens 2 California Kids

CDC Believes Flu Was Contracted in Person-to-Person Spread


The CDC, the California Department of Public Health, and the health departments of Imperial and San Diego counties urge all of those counties' residents and visitors who develop flu-like symptoms to seek medical attention.

Doctors who see these patients are advised to send swab samples to state or local health authorities. They are also asked to get full interviews to ask about other family members or contacts who may be ill.

Here's the CDC's advice for all people who get flu-like symptoms, whether it's normal seasonal flu or swine flu:

  • Stay home when you are sick to avoid spreading illness to co-workers and friends.
  • Children with flu-like symptoms should stay home to avoid spreading illness to classmates and staff.
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue and properly dispose of used tissues.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer to get rid of most germs, and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay healthy by eating a balanced diet, drinking plenty of water, and getting adequate rest and exercise.

The new swine flu bug is resistant to the older flu drugs amantadine and rimantadine. Tests are under way to see if it remains sensitive to the newer flu drugs Tamiflu and Relenza.

The CDC announced the swine flu cases in a special MMWR Dispatch published today.

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