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Swine Flu Web Site Aims to Help you Decide If It's Time to See the Doctor

If you have some flu symptoms and you're not sure if you should go to the doctor, a new website recently launched by Microsoft may help you determine if it's swine flu and if you need to go to the doctor.

The website not only helps you determine if you have swine flu, it also suggests the best course of action to take based on your age, symptoms and underlying health.

All you have to do is go to the website and answer a series of questions and it will tell you if you should head to the doctor's office or just get more rest and fluids.

If your symptoms are serious enough, the website may even flash a warning stating, "You might be very sick! Call your doctor now."

The website calculates your relative risk based on a self assessment tool developed at Emory University. The self assessment uses risk factors for “bad swine flu disease outcomes” based on factors set by the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

The website is part of an ongoing effort to reduce unnecessary emergency room visits due to the recent swine flu epidemic.

To use the service, go to https://web.archive.org/web/20160313225901/http://www.h1n1responsecenter.com/. You can also find a list of signs and symptoms that may require emergency swine flu care at www.flu.gov.

According to the www.flu.gov website, 90% of all flu deaths and more than half of hospitalizations from the flu occur in people age 65 and older, so if you are over 65 it is especially important to know what symptoms to look out for.

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