Danger signs for people with Influenza A (H1N1) Swine flu
Clinicians, patients, and those providing home-based care need to be alert to danger signs that can signal progression to more sever disease.
As progression can be very rapid, medical attention should be sought when any of the following danger signs appear in a person with confirmed or suspected H1N1 infection:
- Shortness of breath, either during physical activity or while resting
- Difficulty in breathing
- Turning blue
- Bloody or coloured sputum
- Chest pain
- Altered mental status
- High fever that persists beyond 3 days
- Low blood pressure
In children, danger signs include fast or difficult breathing, lack of alertness, difficulty in waking up, and little or no desire to play.