Marci Drees, M.D., Christiana Care Infectious Disease Specialist, comments on the Swine Flu situation.
The symptoms and care related to Swine flu are much like any seasonal flu. If you have mild to moderate flu-like symptoms, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends you call your doctor and stay at home for at least seven days after onset of illness or 24 hours after symptoms have gone away, whichever is longer. Those with mild to moderate symptoms do not require antiviral medication, such as Tamiflu.
Patients should only visit a medical aid unit or the emergency department if their symptoms become progressively worse and they experience difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, or believe they are severely ill.
All patients who come to the emergency department receive an initial screening for flu-like symptoms and given appropriate care. Now that there is a confirmation of the presence of swine flu in our community, not everyone needs to have laboratory testing for it.
After evaluation, some patients may receive antiviral medications, such as Tamiflu, based on their medical condition.
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