Patient Comments: Swine Flu - Concerns and Risks

Are you concerned about contracting swine flu? Has it affected your travel plans?

Comment from: alexp112459, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: April 30

My wife, daughter, and I went on vacation to California for two weeks. We started our trip on April 16, 2009 at Pier 35 in San Francisco. While there, we noticed the Star Princess cruise ship had just disembarked from a Mexican cruise. We did not know then about the swine flu cases and mingled with the cruise folks (about 3,100 people). After nine days from our trip, my wife and I have diarrhea, headaches, chills, sore throats, aching muscles, and runny noses. We live in Nevada and are going to visit our doctor today. Alex

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Comment from: JL, 45-54 Female Published: April 28

I am traveling to Las Vegas this weekend and am worried. I don't know whether to wear a face mask on the plane or not. I'm taking a lot of sanitizing wipes and gel though, and I plan on wiping anything and everything I touch!

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Comment from: kittyscratch, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 28

I live in Las Vegas which is traditionally a tourist town. I am VERY worried about contracting Swine Flu. Many people who live here also have terrible allergies, so it will be difficult to determine visually those with the flu, and those who simply have allergies.

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Comment from: NorCalBtty, Published: April 27

My brother has made plans to travel to Cozumel, and my mother is worried sick that he will catch swine flu while traveling in Mexico. Though he's not concerned about catching swine flu, she is. She wants him to cancel his trip.

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Comment from: cory shrimp, 13-18 Male (Patient) Published: May 04

I think I have the swine flu, I have a cough, sore throat, some stuff coming up when I cough heavily, but I don't really feel tired or out of energy, but a little more than usual. I'm at school right now, and really just looked into the stuff, and now I'm kind of scared, because I've been coughing on people and I worry that I might be spreading it.

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Comment from: Jamerican, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 01

I am concerned because I just returned from Jamaica and when we disembarked from the plane, another plane from Mexico City had just arrived before us. The immigration people were wearing masks and gloves, and we were not offered any to wear. I commented on the fact that they were wearing masks and was told that they didn't want to catch swine flu! What about me and my family?!

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Comment from: barbie, 55-64 Male (Caregiver) Published: May 01

Yes, swine flu has affected our travel plans. We were to leave for Canada today after six healthy months in Mexico, and now my husband has some type of influenza. He's been vomiting, had loose stools, and is lethargic.

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Comment from: glenda1965, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: April 30

I believe my husband could have swine flu. He is in Mexico now and will try to fly home, if they don't catch him at the airports. I will bring him ASAP to be tested. We miss him and are ready for him to come home, but I'm afraid he will bring it back to all of us.

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Comment from: Judy from Pittsburgh, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 30

I'm worried about swine flu. I'm from the Pittsburgh area. We went on vacation to Hawaii from April 13 to April 24. I was on three plane flights on the way there and three on the way back. I was fine when I left. On the way from Atlanta to L.A., I sat by a man who hacked the whole way. The next day, I woke up sick. I had severe congestion, a cough, shaking, chills, vomiting, and general malaise. I don't know if I had a fever (no thermometer). I took amoxicillin for 10 days and was almost better. When I got home I got worse -- no more vomiting, but I had diarrhea, headaches, a very sore throat, muscle aches, congestion, coughing, fatigue, but no fever. I went to Med-Express, and they gave Zithromax. This is the third day I've been on it, and I don't feel much better.

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