Tested Positive for Influenza A, scared for my family

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I started having flu like symptoms on Monday and by Thursday I still had a high fever, unbearable body aches and chills so I decided to go in. My swab was positive for Influenza A, so they sent it on to the county health dept. to determine if it's swine. Is it true that swine is the only influenza A virus circulating now? Can I assume it was swine? It is now Friday night and I feel much better, luckily for me I didn't have any of the horrible respiratory complications. My fear is for my kids now. I have an 11, 9 and 4 year old at home. I am just a pre-nursing student so I would love some advice. I read through the thread of swine fatalities with no underlying medical issues, esp with young kids and I am terrified. Obviously I know that if any of them start having flu symptoms, off to the doctor we go for the anti-viral medication. Other than camp out in front of the hospital I'm not sure what else besides the medication I can do to ensure if they do get sick it will end favorably, and does medicating ensure that? Nurses, what would you do in my shoes to protect your kids if they start getting sick?

thanks in advance for your help...


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Thanks again for the update. I am still shaking my head at the 16 days...

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weird, but whatever I had took at least two weeks to clear-when I realized 2 weeks had gone by I was amazed....a blur

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