Flu Symptoms, Signs in 2014 - H1N1 Virus Spreads, Swine Flu Cases Rising
What are the signs and symptoms of the 2013, 2014 H1N1 flu that the Centers for Disease Control says is spreading throughout the United States?
The influenza bug causing issues for people this flu season is H1N1 (swine flu) and the bug is now widespread in 20 states and has activity on the rise in 12 states, meaning 32 states are now affected by influenza in early January 2014.
According to the CDC - the H1N1 strain that is making most people sick first popped up in 2009 and you can continue to expect the sickness to spread.
Here is what the CDC says to watch out for when you start feeling a little off.
People who have the flu often feel some or all of these signs and symptoms.
They may have a fever or just start feeling feverish and having chills.
Expect a cough, maybe a sore throat and a runny or stuffy nose.
Also included is some pain, you may experience muscle or body aches and headaches and also may feel very tired and fatigued.
More symptoms - CDC warns "some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.
Here's how it spreads per CDC:
"Most experts believe that flu viruses spread mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby. Less often, a person might also get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth, eyes or possibly their nose."
The government is still asking people in the US get vaccinated - their message is clear - get a flu shot.
Also - wash you hands frequently with soap and hot water and keep your hands away from your face, eyes and mouth when out in puclic unless you wash first.
More advice - if you are sick and out in public - cover your cough.
More here from the CDC Flu Page.
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