The H1N1 virus, or "Swine Flu," is a respiratory infection common in pigs that has been passed to humans. The virus, which caused a pandemic in 2009-2010, is now a regularly occurring virus that circulates seasonally.
The symptoms of H1N1 are similar to those of the seasonal flu, and include:
• Runny nose
• Sore throat
• Dry cough
If you are sick, you should stay home and avoid contact with other people as much as possible to keep from spreading your illness to others.
If you become ill and experience any of the following warning signs, seek emergency medical care.
In children, emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention include:
• Fast breathing or troubled breathing
• Bluish skin color
• Not drinking enough fluids
• Not waking up or not interacting
• Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held
• Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough
• Fever with a rash
In adults, emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention include:
• Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
• Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
• Sudden dizziness
• Severe or persistent vomiting
Preventing an infection:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends getting an annual flu vaccination as the first line of defense against infection.
Additional preventative measures include:
• Stay home when sick.
• Cover your mouth when you cough.
• Wash your hands.