Swine flu or h1n1 virus is a viral infection of the respiratory tract, including the nose, throat, and lungs. The virus is a type of influenza and is now a common seasonal infection. Most people who get swine flu don’t have severe symptoms. However, h1h1 can be a serious health concern for children, adults 65 and older, and people with certain medical conditions.
If you think you have swine flu or concerned about its potential complications, visit the emergency department at Dignity Health. With our online waiting tool InQuicker, you can wait in the comfort of your home until your scheduled appointment in the ER. Our compassionate doctors, nurses, and other skilled professionals at our convenient locations in Long Beach, Northridge, Downtown LA, Glendale, and in Inland Empire cities San Bernardino, Fontana, and Highland work together to treat swine flu in Southern California.
Swine Flu Symptoms & When to Seek Emergency Care
Swine flu and seasonal influenza share the same symptoms. Our emergency services can run a laboratory test to confirm the type of virus.
H1n1 symptoms include:
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Store throat
- Fever and chills
- Headache and body aches
The following factors increase the risks of developing life-threatening flu complications. Always seek emergency care for high-risk groups, including:
- Adults older than 65
- Children under the age of 5, but especially those under 2
- Pregnant women
- Residents of nursing homes or long-term care facilities
- People with morbid obesity
- People with weakened immune systems
What Causes Swine Flu
H1n1 initially started as a virus in pigs, however, it’s not possible to catch the virus from properly handled and prepared pork products. Most people get swine flu the same way they get the influenza virus (the flu) — from infected people or objects. Swine flu can travel through droplets in the air and live on objects you touch on a daily basis. To help prevent swine flu, get a yearly flu shot, regularly wash your hands, and avoid people with symptoms of swine flu.
Swine Flu Treatment at Dignity Health Southern California
The symptoms of swine flu usually subside with over-the-counter medication, rest, and fluids. If you’re at risk for flu-related complications, your plan of care may include antiviral medicine. Personalized treatment guides all of our care decisions, so trust Dignity Health Southern California to choose a treatment that’s best for you.
Emergency services at Dignity Health treats mild and serious cases of swine flu in Southern California.