and our bodies fought it off, or we got sick and built up antibodies.
This flu is the "same" in that the symptoms are the same: fever, cough, body aches, maybe sore throat, stomach stuff (vomiting/diarrhea). But many, many more people will get sick and the PROBLEM is the people with compromised immune systems: the very young, the very old and the people with medical problems (diabetes, asthma, emphysema, etc.)
When a patient has flu symptoms, usually docs dont' test to see what kind it is. They were testing this past spring, because it was a new thing and they wanted to see how it was spreading. The Centers for Disease Control now are asking for only sick hospitalized patients or sick healthcare workers to be tested, because anyone who has the symptoms will be treated the same way.
I hope I was clear enough. Feel free to pm with any other questions. I may miss ?s here. :)
at 6:29 PM on Sep. 14, 2009