Swine flu, also known as the H1N1 virus, is a relatively new strain of an influenza virus that causes symptoms similar to the regular flu. It originated in pigs but is spread primarily from person to person.
Some people are at higher risk for becoming seriously ill if they’re infected with swine flu. These groups include:
• adults over age 65
• children under 5 years old
Swine flu is very contagious. The disease is spread through saliva and mucus particles. People may spread it by:
The symptoms of swine flu are very much like those of regular influenza. They include:
• sore throat
• body aches
• nausea and vomiting
Most cases of swine flu don’t require medication for treatment. You don’t need to see a doctor unless you’re at risk for developing medical complications from the flu. You should focus on relieving your symptoms and preventing the spread of the H1N1 to other people.
The best way to prevent swine flu is to get a yearly flu vaccination.