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Like other types of influenza, the swine flu (H1N1) affects your nose, lungs, and throat. A swine flu epidemic in 2009 brought this virus to our attention. The swine flu virus is now considered one of the regular seasonal viruses.
For certain people, the swine flu virus can cause complications requiring medical attention. Older adults, young children, and those with weakened immune symptoms are among those who can face additional risks.
Call 911 or visit one of Dignity Health St. John's ERs if you believe you have symptoms related to the swine flu virus.
Swine flu symptoms are similar to any other seasonal flu. Sore throat, body aches, fever, and a runny or stuffy nose are typical signs of the swine flu. Since any flu can develop into a more serious condition, such as pneumonia, infections, and bronchitis, see your doctor if you condition worsens.
If you have H1N1, the emergency doctors at Dignity Health St. John's recommend common at-home flu remedies. Plenty of fluids, rest, and over-the-counter medications help promote your comfort and healing. Help keep others around your healthy by washing your hands. Remember, the best prevention is your annual flu shot.
Find a Doctor today at Dignity Health St. John's to better understand your risks for complications from the swine flu and other types of influenza.