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Can swine flu jump?

I have a meeting shortly with someone who will have just come from her sister's bedside; the sister has the swine flu. I am pregnant and wondering if I am being overly cautious to want to cancel. Thoughts? [more inside]
posted by pipti on Oct 28, 2009 - 17 answers

 

Can employers tell people when employees are sick?

My employer just asked us to contact HR if any of our employees are diagnosed with H1N1 flu. Is this allowable under HIPAA? [more inside]
posted by um_maverick on Oct 27, 2009 - 10 answers

Are there different flu vaccines for Chinese people and roundeyes?

Asking for my sister-in-law: is the swine flu vaccine formulation given to people in China (Shanghai) the same as the US version? [more inside]
posted by Wet Spot on Oct 26, 2009 - 3 answers

Should I get the H1N1 vaccination?

Is it really worth getting the H1N1 flu shot? [more inside]
posted by KokuRyu on Oct 25, 2009 - 21 answers

Can I take this expired cough syrup? Just for tonight?

Terrible cough, too late to leave the house in search of remedies -- can I take this expired (expired April 2009) prescription Tussionex cough syrup or is there a better solution in my house? [more inside]
posted by tastybrains on Oct 24, 2009 - 14 answers

Infant: H1N1 flu vaccine now or wait for preservative-free version

Is it worth delaying H1N1 swine flu vaccination for an 8-month-old infant to get the preservative-free version? [more inside]
posted by NortonDC on Oct 23, 2009 - 52 answers

A different type of dirty house.....

I left the house last Wednesday afternoon for a week. My roommate was hospitalized for H1N1 on Friday. I am returning to our home tonight. What precautions should I take to sanitize the place/protect myself ? [more inside]
posted by wannabehippie on Oct 21, 2009 - 8 answers

Most comforting things in the world

What are the best ways to comfort someone with a bad cold/flu? [more inside]
posted by mthomps00 on Oct 20, 2009 - 21 answers

H1N1 vaccinations in the SF Bay Area

Do you know where my wife and I can get H1N1 vaccinations in the SF Bay Area BEFORE October 31st? Preferably in the East Bay. [more inside]
posted by gnutron on Oct 19, 2009 - 5 answers

No soup for you!

I have a question about childrens' flu vaccines and insurance. [more inside]
posted by FunkyHelix on Oct 18, 2009 - 3 answers

Comfort foods for the sick around the world?

What are different cultures' versions of comfort foods that are prepared for people who are sick and feeling under the weather? [more inside]
posted by illenion on Oct 15, 2009 - 67 answers

Days of swine and roses

Odds are that the flu I've had since Friday is H1N1: a Canadian government tracking site says that 97% of diagnosed cases of flu here right now are H1N1. Does this increase or decrease my need for an H1N1 shot when they become available?
posted by zadcat on Oct 12, 2009 - 11 answers

mystery diagnosis

Did the hospital save my blood samples and could they be retested? Would swine flu cause a positive test for regular flu? [more inside]
posted by WeekendJen on Oct 9, 2009 - 6 answers

What can I do to help my immune system fight against colds/flu since Zicam is no longer available?

What can I do to help my immune system fight against colds/flu since Zicam is no longer available? [more inside]
posted by spacelux on Oct 3, 2009 - 26 answers

Anybody have a stomach flu horror story? How long did it last?

Does any one have stomach flu (gastroenteritis) horror stories? I am going day 5 and I have never heard of anyone having it longer than 2 days.
posted by burlsube on Sep 29, 2009 - 28 answers

Anosmia - is it forever?

Getting over a lousy cold/flu, can breathe again but can't smell anything. Is this permanent? [more inside]
posted by terrierhead on Sep 17, 2009 - 13 answers

Guinea Pig Flu

Our 13 month old has been invited to participate in a clinical trial to see how the swine flu virus and the regular flu virus react in small children. Is this a good idea? [more inside]
posted by IanMorr on Sep 17, 2009 - 22 answers

Can I get H1N1 from grading papers?

Are student papers a possible vector for H1N1? Is there a way to sanitize them without destroying them? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 16, 2009 - 24 answers

Best place to get H1N1 (Swine Flu) vaccination?

Best place to get H1N1 (Swine Flu) vaccination? [more inside]
posted by NotSoSimple on Sep 16, 2009 - 11 answers

flufilter....

With all this flu talk, it got me wondering...I got a really bad case of it back in March. (Doctor confirmed.) Could it possibly have been of the swine variety? [more inside]
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies on Sep 9, 2009 - 8 answers

Lord knows we don't need ANOTHER pig-boy running around the house

YANMD-Filter: Going for my first ever prenatal exam (@ 8 weeks) and will most likely be encouraged to get the H1N1 (swine flu) vaccine. Should I? [more inside]
posted by lilgoyl on Sep 9, 2009 - 20 answers

Either really lucky or really healthy

I've never had a flu vaccine. But -- I've also never had the flu, either. Am I safe continuing to skip the vaccine for a while longer? [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos on Sep 7, 2009 - 57 answers

Travelling with Swine flu risks: Safety vs Bargain

Safety and budget -wise, should I buy a heavily discounted ticket now to SE Asia in January 2010? More details inside... [more inside]
posted by gttommy on Aug 19, 2009 - 5 answers

Is the H1N1 vaccine inherently more dangerous?

Swine flu vaccine question: If I've gotten the seasonal flu vaccine in the past without any complications, does this mean that I don't have to worry about the "Guillain-Barre syndrome" that hit people in 1976? Or will the H1N1 vaccine be formulated differently that the seasonal flu vaccine? This question is prompted by this article... [more inside]
posted by exhilaration on Aug 16, 2009 - 7 answers

Should I be worried about my mom?

YANMDfilter: Do these swine-flu-like symptoms require a trip to the emergency room? [more inside]
posted by alona on Aug 12, 2009 - 12 answers

Better the flu you know?

At what point should I consider (responsibly) getting myself inoculated with the flu? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 25, 2009 - 10 answers

Would the h1n1 test show positive after being sick?

Would an h1n1 test show a positive result on a person that had the flu weeks ago but is not currently sick? [more inside]
posted by flyingcowofdoom on Jun 25, 2009 - 4 answers

SWINEFLU AND CHINA?

Next thursday, I have a trip to China planned. Will the Chinese give us trouble out of swine flu fears? [more inside]
posted by ooklala on Jun 2, 2009 - 10 answers

Swine flu and me

How worried should I be about Swine Flu on a business trip this week? [more inside]
posted by taubman on May 17, 2009 - 11 answers

If it smells like a pig, do we have to make a joke about it being pork?

Now that the swine flu has become an issue, is there a way to see if the "pig odor" part of the stimulus bill and such a joke on the media for a few days might have contained money to study things like containing swine flu outbreaks? [more inside]
posted by katyjack on May 5, 2009 - 5 answers

Swine Flu Fallout

Swine flu: I have just returned this weekend from the Yucatan Peninsula Coast, Mexico. I feel fine and I am not concerned that I have contracted "the Flu". But here's my concern: [more inside]
posted by sequin on Apr 27, 2009 - 16 answers

I need a table of deaths by state due to flu in 1918!

Where can I find a state-by-state breakdown of deaths in the 1918 flu pandemic in the US? [more inside]
posted by elder18 on Apr 14, 2009 - 4 answers

Heal me, Hivemind!

I'm unbelievably sick, probably from running around in the freezing rain. What can I do to get better by tomorrow? [more inside]
posted by dejah420 on Mar 13, 2009 - 36 answers

Go to work or stay home?

Flufilter: It hit me like a freight train on Friday-went to the doc, and yes, it's the flu. My question for the hivemind is this: Do I try to go back to work tomorrow? [more inside]
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies on Mar 1, 2009 - 15 answers

How can I not get the flu?

How can I avoid getting the flu? I have gotten spooked by a couple coworkers who got SICK from the flu, which they caught from their kids, and I am very intent on avoiding the same fate (trouble coming out of both ends). Short of covering myself in saranwrap and lysol, and then hiding in an ICBM silo, what do you suggest? [more inside]
posted by allen8219 on Feb 23, 2009 - 21 answers

*COUGH*

Is there any utility to this quasi-germophobic tic I've developed? [more inside]
posted by The Straightener on Dec 31, 2008 - 16 answers

How to baby the flu

How to help a baby with the flu? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on Dec 24, 2008 - 16 answers

What's causing the yucky taste?

I have a cold, and my mouth tastes yucky. What specifically is happening? [more inside]
posted by Melismata on Jul 4, 2008 - 8 answers

Why is my nose numb after the flu?

I've had the flu for a few days, but woke up with something totally new to me: my nose is numb. Should I be worried? [more inside]
posted by waxpancake on Mar 27, 2008 - 3 answers

tea, soup, sympathy and what else?

It's official: my girlfriend has the flu. Give me ideas of things I can do to help and comfort her while we ride this thing out.
posted by palegirl on Feb 28, 2008 - 27 answers

Help me breathe!

Can you help my nasal congestion? [more inside]
posted by missjamielynn on Feb 17, 2008 - 10 answers

This flu tastes terrrible

I am on the trailing edge of a bout of flu, and I have a persistent bitter taste when I drink any fluids. Doesn't seem to be there when I eat things, only drink them. Has anyone else experienced this? When do I get my taste-buds back?
posted by mzurer on Jan 26, 2008 - 9 answers

i think i turned cubist for a sec there.

sometimes out of nowhere, my sense of physical orientation gets all messed up and i feel like i'm crooked. huh? [more inside]
posted by twistofrhyme on Dec 29, 2007 - 13 answers

Damn the flu!

I'm sick of the flu. What will speed my recovery? [more inside]
posted by Smalltown Girl on Dec 26, 2007 - 16 answers

Flu with no fever???

You're not my doctor, but please help diagnose me! I have what seems like it might be influenza, without a fever-aching joints, extreme fatigue, chills, no running nose or other cold symptoms. It's Sunday, doc is closed, and I really would like to figure this out before Monday. [more inside]
posted by purenitrous on Dec 23, 2007 - 11 answers

Healthy bunny! Healthy me!

Will I give my new bunny the flu? [more inside]
posted by honeyx on Dec 4, 2007 - 7 answers

Help figure out what this disease is!

My lady friend has been sick for a year, and nobody can figure out what's wrong. Has anyone had any experience with this kind of sickness? [more inside]
posted by omnipotentq on Sep 28, 2007 - 46 answers

Bee Sting Allergy or Coincidental Flu?

I need inside information from the "hive" mind. Did a bee sting give me flu-like symptoms, or did I just get an unrelated virus on the same day as the sting? More inside: [more inside]
posted by Alabaster on Jul 14, 2007 - 6 answers

Healthy Dry, Sick Humid

Feeling better in dry conditions and sick in humid places: common? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Jun 28, 2007 - 11 answers

What's Up With My Flu/Cold?

Medical Advice/Common Sense Filter: This is my second week of having pretty serious flu symptoms. [more inside]
posted by snsranch on May 13, 2007 - 13 answers

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