The current novel H1N1 influenza strain that is circulating globally appears to have the same severity as the seasonal influenza A strains. Most otherwise healthy adults who are experiencing flu-like symptoms do not need to be tested for influenza or treated with an antiviral medication.
Immediate medical attentionis neededfor adults experiencing flu-like symptoms who
Experiencing high fever (>102° F) for more than 3 days, (>100.0° F) lasts longer than 5 days, or fever reappears within 1-2 weeks after the acute illness has resolved.
Experiencing fever and headache associated with inability to touch chin to chest, look at bright light, or who are experiencing altered mental status.
Experiencing breathing difficulties (rapid breathing rate at rest, inability to complete a sentence).
Experiencing fever and cough productive of green/yellow phlegm
Experience severe or persistent vomiting
Develop unexplained pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen.