I'd like to comment on this just a bit, if I may. Please understand that there are several types of flu about, only 1 of which is the H1N1. We will probably be seeing an increasing number of Type A influenza cases in the next month or 2, thru to February or March, & there may in fact be mixing of the h1n1 & the typical type A virus to produce a mixed variety. time will tell. It seemed to be the case in Australia, for example, where the flu epidemic occurs during our summers, since it's winter in the southern hemisphere. So, flu symptoms may not necessarily represent h1n1. The flu can often be accompanied by secondary, opportunistic bacterial infection, which may well result in a productive, or mucus-producing cough. If the sputum is anything but clear, consult a physician for antibiotic treatment. I would advise that any1 who begins experiencing fever, chills, cough, & chest discomfort, especially those w/chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, COPD, cancer, asthma, etc., to seek attention from their physician *immediately*. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200. People whose immune systems are intact, although the flu makes 'em feel like some1 shot at 'em & missed then did the other at 'em & hit generally do ok, but those w/conditions that compromise the immune system are in serious danger & should take all necessary precautions to avoid becoming ill. Things every1 can do to protect themselves include frequent handwashing, regular physical exercise, sunlight & fresh air when possible, & keeping one's nutritional status high. Masks may be of value when around those w/the flu, such as in a hospital E R, but only those designed to keep very small particles out. Dust-protecting gear, for example, won't cut it. Type A flu shots are adviseable, though I personally have some misgivings about the new h1n1 vaccine due to relative lack of testing. After the swine flu debacle of '76, where more people either died or contracted Guillain-Barré syndrome than actually got the swine flu, I think proceed w/caution might be the byword here. HTH. & yall keep well. Your Friendly inhouse former doctor. On 10/16/09, gwen tweedy <gstweedy@xxxxxxx> wrote: > Thanks so much for this > > ----- Original Message ----- > From: Lynn I > To: bookkshare volunteer list > Sent: Friday, October 16, 2009 2:39 PM > Subject: [bksvol-discuss] OT: Know the Difference between Cold and H1N1 > Flu Symptoms. > > > Hi! > > I thought you might find the following information interesting since we're > heading into flu season. > > block quote > > Know the Difference between Cold and H1N1 Flu Symptoms > > > Cold > > H1N1 Flu > > Fever > > Fever is rare with a cold. > > Fever is usually present with the flu in up to 80% of all flu cases.=2 0A > temperature of 100°F or higher for 3 to 4 days is associated with the flu. > > Coughing > > A hacking, productive (mucus- producing) cough is often present with a > cold. > > A non-productive (non-mucus producing) cough is usually present with the > flu (sometimes referred to as dry cough). > > Aches > > Slight body aches and pains can be part of a cold. > > Severe aches and pains are common with the flu. > > Stuffy Nose > > Stuffy nose is commonly present with a cold and typically resolves > spontaneously within a week. > > Stuffy nose is not commonly present with the flu. > > Chills > > Chills are uncommon with a cold. > > 60% of people who have the flu experience chills. > > Tiredness > > Tiredness is fairly mild with a cold. > > Tiredness is moderate to severe with the flu. > > Sneezing > > Sneezing is commonly present with a cold. > > Sneezing is not common with the flu. > > Sudden Symptoms > > Cold symptoms tend to develop over a few days. > > The flu has a rapid onset within 3-6 hours. The flu hits hard and includes > sudden symptoms like high fever, aches and pains. > > Headache > > A headache is fairly uncommon with a cold. > > A headache is very common with the flu, pr sent in 80% of flu cases. > > Sore Throat > > Sore throat is commonly present with a cold. > > Sore throat is not commonly present with the flu. > > Chest Discomfort > > Chest discomfort is mild to moderate with a cold. > > Chest discomfort is often severe with the flu. > > > -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- > block quote end > > Blessings. > > Lynnsky > -- Change the world--1 deed at a time Jackie McBride Check out my homepage at: www.abletec.serverheaven.net & please join my fight against breast cancer <http://teamacs.acsevents.org/site/TR?px=1790196&pg=personal&fr_id=3489> To unsubscribe from this list send a blank Email to bksvol-discuss-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx put the word 'unsubscribe' by itself in the subject line. To get a list of available commands, put the word 'help' by itself in the subject line.