Pandemic Influenza, Swine flu (H1N1)

What is pandemic influenza A (H1N1)?

Pandemic influenza H1N1 is new flu strain first detected in April 2009. Because it is a new strain most people have no immunity to it and it can spread quickly. Most people are therefore at risk of becoming infected with the pandemic H1N1 flu virus. Like seasonal flu, this flu virus affects the airways. It can cause fever, headache, muscle aches and pains, fatigue, and cough and sometimes nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, trouble breathing, weakness and other serious problems. The conditions can last up to five to ten days, but the cough and fatigue can in some people take weeks to fully go away.

Who is at risk for complications from the H1N1 flu virus?

Pregnant women, persons with heart or lung disease including asthma, kidney disease, blood disorders such as anemia, severe obesity, long term aspirin therapy in children less than 18 years of age,  the persons with the conditions of choking, diabetes, cancer, HIV/AIDS, transplant recipients.

Persons 65 and older are at less risk of becoming infected with the pandemic flu virus than people in other age groups.

This may help: Take vitamin C 250mg 4 times daily, have tea/herbal tea without milk and sugar more than 4 times.

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