There are still no confirmed cases of the swine flu in North Carolina, which is now being called the H1N1 flu. Fifteen people were tested at New Hanover Medical Center Wednesday alone. All tests came back negative. Still, it's important to review the warning signs. "It's not your usual run of the mill cold, or regular mild virus, you really appreciate how bad you can feel,” explained Doctor Sam Spicer. The flu we all know usually comes in the fall and winter when the temperatures start to drop. That's why this new H1N1 flu is alarming so many doctors. Technically, flu season is over. Doctors said the symptoms, like high fever, cough and aches and pains can affect people in different ways. One day you may not have symptoms at all, but when the symptoms hit, doctors say you should be aware. Hospitals are prepared for the worst; like all epidemics, they've got a plan and medication. Tamiflu is the medication for H1N1 flu. It can be taken 48 hours after a person is diagnosed. Only a doctor can diagnose H1N1 flu, so if you feel any severe symptoms of the flu, you should get it checked out.
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