Report: H1N1 recovery based on detection

July 28, 2009 2:48:59 PM PDT
Helping people get over swine flu quickly will probably hinge on how fast the illness is detected and treated. Researchers say anti viral drugs will work best if flu patients get them within 24 to 48 hours of showing symptoms.

A report in the journal BMC Infectious Diseases urges health officials to establish better surveillance systems to detect and treat cases as soon as possible. Also, the H1N1 flu virus is hitting pregnant women unusually hard. Pregnant women may be among the first group advised to get a swine flu shot.

On Wednesday, a federal panel will meet to decide who should get the new shots when there aren't enough for everyone.