Swine flu (H1N1) is a type of influenza virus, and it produces the same effect as other types of influenza — the flu. The virus affects your respiratory tract, including the nose, throat, and lungs. While H1N1 caused a worldwide pandemic in 2009, today it is considered one of the typical seasonal flu viruses.
Symptoms of any flu can range from mild to life-threatening. Risks of developing flu-related complications are higher for:
- Adults 65 and older
- People with weak immune systems or chronic medical conditions
- Children under five (especially younger than two)
- Pregnant women
- People who are morbidly obese
- Residents of long-term care facilities
Complications from the flu can be deadly. If you are in a high-risk category, see your doctor for a suspected case of the flu.
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Recognizing Symptoms of H1N1
Swine flu symptoms include fever, headache, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, chills, and body aches. These symptoms may lead to complications such as sinus infections, bronchitis, and pneumonia.
Existing medical conditions can become worse with the flu. If you develop severe symptoms, see your Dignity Health North State doctor right away. If you need to go to the ER, use InQuicker to select an estimated arrival time.
Origin & Causes of Swine Flu
Swine flu earned its name because it is similar to a type of influenza found in pigs. While swine flu can also infect pigs, you can’t become infected from properly handled and cooked pork products. If you caught swine flu, you got it the same way as other flu viruses — through contact with an infected person.
You can spread the flu before you even know you have it, as symptoms only become noticeable a day after you become infectious. The flu spreads mainly through droplets of body fluids expelled by infected people when they cough, sneeze, or talk.
How We Treat Swine Flu at Dignity Health North State
Treatment strategies for H1N1 are the same as for other types of seasonal flu — manage symptoms and prevent the spread of flu to others. Rest, fluids, and over-the-counter medication can relieve your flu symptoms.
If you are in a high-risk group, or very sick, your Dignity Health North State doctor may prescribe antiviral medication. These remedies work best when started within 48 hours of infection.
The most effective prevention strategy for H1N1 is an annual flu vaccine. During flu season, avoid sick people, do not touch your face needlessly, and wash your hands regularly.
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Dignity Health North State can help you relieve your symptoms of swine flu in Mt. Shasta, Red Bluff, and Redding, CA.