Swine Flu

Swine flu is a one type of infection caused by a virus. Swine flu called H1N1 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.

Risk factors for swine flu
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
  • Young adults and children under age 19 who are receiving long-term aspirin (Bufferin) therapy
  • People with compromised immune systems (due to a disease such as AIDS)
  • Pregnant women
  • People with chronic illnesses such as asthma, heart disease, diabetes mellitus, or neuromuscular disease

Symptoms of Swine Flu
The symptoms of swine flu are very much like those of regular influenza. They include:

  • Fever
  • Runny Nose
  • Sore Throat
  • Cough
  • Body Aches
  • Chills
  • Vomiting