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Nov 08, 2009 - 5 comments

Thank you for your inquiry to CDC-INFO.  In response to your request for information on testing for the novel H1N1 flu, we are pleased to provide you with the following information.  

It will be very hard to tell if someone who is sick has 2009 H1N1 flu or seasonal flu. Public health officials and medical authorities will not be recommending laboratory tests. Anyone who has the symptoms of flu-like illness should stay home and not go to work or school.

Most people with flu symptoms do not need a test for 2009 H1N1 because the test results usually do not change how you are treated.

To diagnose 2009 H1N1 influenza (flu) infection, your doctor may decide to collect a respiratory (breathing tract) specimen and send it to a CDC lab for testing. This specimen is a sample of the fluid from your nose or throat.

The specimen generally needs to be collected within the first 4 to 5 days of illness. This is when the infected person is most likely to be shedding virus. But, some people may shed virus for 10 days or longer, especially:
* Children;
* People with weakened immune (body defense) systems; and
* People with the 2009 H1N1 virus.

Confirmation of novel H1N1 flu infection can only be made with:
* Reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR); or
* Viral culture (growing cells).


This H1N1 flu virus is new. Scientific research is being conducted to better understand its characteristics. Because this is a situation that is rapidly changing with new information available, please visit the CDC website http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/ where you will find the latest updates posted daily.  

Until you are able to get vaccinated, the best way to help fight 2009 H1N1 influenza is to cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue away. Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Stay home if you're sick, and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.


For more information about the novel H1N1 flu, please visit the CDC websites:


What To Do If You Get Flu-Like Symptoms
National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, Influenza Division
http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/sick.htm

2009 H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu) and You
National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, Influenza Division
http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/qa.htm

CDC Recommendations for the Amount of Time Persons with Influenza-Like Illness Should be Away from Others
National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, Influenza Division
http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/guidance/exclusion.htm

Thank you for contacting CDC-INFO Contact Center. Please do not hesitate to call 1-800-CDC-INFO, e-mail ***@**** or visit http://www.cdc.gov if you have any additional questions.  

CDC-INFO is a service of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR).  This service is provided by Vangent, Inc. under contract to CDC and ATSDR.

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[THREAD ID:1-1LFU05] [SR No.:1-96501738]

-----Original Message-----
From: ***@****
Sent: 11/6/2009 06:29:12 AM
To: ***@****
Subject: SWINE FLU TEST

Hello, i have a serious question that needs to be  cleared up. I would
appreciate a up front and honest answer not some bull i have  to make sense out
of.

I would just like to know what the official way to test if a persons has  
H1N1 Virus? Is it through a blood test only? I was informed they are doing  
Swabbing, i was also told that does not tell you if you have Swine Flu, just  
puts you in a category and means you may have it. Is that true.

Rachel


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657315 tn?1319491387
by twehner5, Nov 08, 2009
This is interesting; thanks for posting this.  It proves what I have been hearing: "Public health officials and medical authorities will not be recommending laboratory tests."

The reason they are NOT testing people are twofold...one is that it is expensive to test...

The other reason is more or less sinister:  they can pump up the #'s they report of how many people "supposedly" have H1N1, and thus SCARE us into getting this vaccine that contains dangerous levels of mercury and other poison.

Great journal.  I hope others read it and hear the double-talk.

661650 tn?1302282558
by penggal1, Nov 08, 2009
Thanks so much, Yeah i try  but medhelp was giving me **** for posting the links too many times LOl oh well! Thanks again!

657315 tn?1319491387
by twehner5, Nov 08, 2009
Really...shame, shame, SHAME!  Truth hurts, I guess!

661650 tn?1302282558
by penggal1, Nov 08, 2009
Oh yea it wasnt like i was being nasty with anyone other women got nasty w each other in my preg forum and i was to blame since i posted the links and was asking to stop, but i told them i will post it where i feel it is relevant and i jst posted on from 60min in a blog you were in recently.

535822 tn?1443976780
by margypops, Nov 08, 2009
My apparently dumb question no one answered was no one has been able to get it anyway ...and no one round here even has got swine flu..so much for his State of Emergency'

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