Colorado

Sep 30, 2009 7:36 PM by Bea Karnes

Don't rush to the doctor if you have swine flu

Stay home--don't even go to the doctor.  That's the advice from the Colorado Department of Health as the H1N1 swine flu continues to rampage through the state.

"For most people, the H1N1 flu is an unpleasant illness, similar to seasonal flu, but an illness they can weather at home with rest, fluids and over-the-counter fever medications," said Ned Calonge, Colorado's chief medical officer. "While we certainly want individuals who are very ill, or are at high risk for complications, to seek the medical care they need promptly, we want to encourage other individuals to call their physician or usual source of care if possible before making a trip to the office or the emergency room."

Calonge said individuals who are hospitalized with swine flu receive antiviral medication such as Tamiflu, but treatment is not recommended for most people. Instead, stockpile OTC drugs immediately so you have them if you get sick.

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