Swine flu symptoms

What are the symptoms and signs of Swine Flu? What is swine flu and who is most at risk to get swine flu?

What is Swine Flu?

Swine flu, or as the official term is; Influenza A (H1N1) is caused a worldwide epidemic in 2009. The cause Swine flu is as follows. The virus is a mutation from the H1N1 swine flu virus and appeared for the first time in Mexico. When the virus went around in Mexico, it quickly spread through the U.S. to the rest of the world. Many people were affected by it. There were also many deaths. The deaths were people who had also another disease and whose physical condition was already severely weakened. Just with the swine flu alone, one will rarely die.

Swine flu signs and symptoms

The symptoms of Swine flu could be that you have a fever of 38 C degrees (100 F) or higher and respiratory symptoms. Furthermore, muscle aches, nausea, headache, cough, in short the common flu symptoms are also integral to the symptoms of swine flu. The doctor looks to see if a swab sample from the mouth with a cotton swab is necessary, which is then send to a lab for further research. Today the swine flu is treated as a normal flu and only for the risk groups extra attention is made, like the normal flu.

Difference between swine flu and the "normal" flu

The difference between Swine flu and "normal" flu is that usually younger people catch this flu. An explanation for this could be that young people have more contact with their peers than adults, giving them a higher risk of infection. Very young children are at greater risk for infection with the influenza A virus, with complications and therefore belong to the so-called risk group of Swine flu. When an epidemic threatens these children are one of the first to get vaccinated. The families of these young children are vaccinated to prevent infection.

Swine Flu and the elderly

Older people, that belong to the 'normal flu' risk group, seem less susceptible to this virus. Presumably this is because in 1918, the Spanish flu predominated, that was caused by a similar virus. Probably people who are over the age of 55 still carry antibodies with them.

Swine flu death

Swine flu deaths really only occur in the following group of people:

  • debilitated people
  • people with a heart and lung disease
  • people with kidney problems
  • people who are bedridden
  • people with diabetes

If one belongs to one of these groups is certainly wise to consult a doctor. It is recommended to do this by phone first, because the risk of contamination to other people in the waiting room is too high.

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