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A Day by Day Look at H1N1 Swine Flu

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Updated September 30, 2009

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H1N1 Swine Flu Day 3
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On her third day with H1N1 swine flu symptoms, Emily is still feeling exhausted, her throat is hurting and she still has a fever. Her cough is not really improving even though she has been taking cough medication. After talking to her friends who are health care professionals, she decides to go to a different walk-in clinic where she is finally prescribed an antiviral medication, Relenza.

Although Relenza is effective against H1N1 swine flu, it is an inhaled medication and is not recommended for people with asthma or other lung diseases because it can make their symptoms worse. Emily does not know this (although the person who prescribed it to her should have) and she starts taking it. Overnight, her cough gets even worse and she feels like it is getting more difficult to breathe.

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