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Swine flu symptoms

It is important to know the symptoms of swine flu and other pandemic flus so you can recognise them in yourself and others at an early stage. Most pandemic flu cases in the UK have been mild, with symptoms similar to those of seasonal flu. Only a small number of people have had more serious symptoms.

If you or a member of your family has any of the following symptoms and a high temperature, you may have swine flu. The typical symptoms are:

  •  a sudden fever (and high body temperature)
  •  a sudden cough.

Other symptoms may include:

  • headache
  • tiredness
  • chills
  • aching muscles
  • limb or joint pain
  • diarrhoea or stomach upset
  • sore throat
  • runny nose
  • sneezing
  • loss of appetite.

Checking symptoms

It's a good idea to have a working thermometer at home, since a high temperature is one of the main symptoms of swine flu. If you are unsure how to use a thermometer, find out how to take someone's temperature.

You can find more information about swine flu on the Directgov website

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