The symptoms of swine flu: Plymouth or National Pandemic Flu Service
24th July 2009
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The symptoms of swine flu are generally the same as those of ordinary flu, but may cause more serious complications.

The typical symptoms are:

sudden fever (a high body temperature of 38C/100.4F or above), and
sudden cough.
(go to How to take someone's temperature if you are unsure how to use a thermometer).

Other swine flu symptoms may include:

  • limb or joint pain

  • diarrhoea or stomach upset

  • sore throat

  • runny nose

  • sneezing

  • loss of appetite

  • headache

  • tiredness 

  • chills

  • aching muscles

Checking symptoms
If you have flu-like symptoms and are concerned that you may have swine flu:

Stay at home and check your symptoms using the National Pandemic Flu Service.

Call your GP directly if:
- you have a serious underlying illness,
- you are pregnant,
- you have a sick child under one year of
- your condition suddenly gets much
  worse, or
- your condition is still getting worse
  after seven days (five for a child).

Note: the National Pandemic Flu Service is a new online service that will assess your symptoms and, if required, provide an authorisation number that can be used to collect antiviral medication from a local collection point. For those who do not have internet access, the same service can be accessed by telephone on:

Telephone: 0800 1 513 100
Minicom: 0800 1 513 200

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