H1N1 (Swine) Flu News

H1N1 is a strain of the influenza virus that originally infected pigs. It rarely infected humans. However, in 2009, a variant of H1N1 began to spread infections from pigs to people and eventually from people to people. The situation was alarming enough that the World Health Organization declared the spread of H1N1 flu a pandemic.

Although H1N1 caused a higher-than-usual number of flu cases in 2009, a vaccine that was quickly developed and distributed to help contain the flu outbreak, and by 2010 the pandemic declaration was lifted.

Symptoms of H1N1 Flu

The H1N1 flu virus is still present in the population and is one of the many seasonal flu virus strains that people can contract and spread each year. However, it's no longer more concerning or alarming than the other types of flu virus. The symptoms of H1N1 flu are the same as they are for other types of flu, and they can include fever, sore throat, aches and pains, runny nose and a cough that last about a week.

Treatment

As with all types of flu, the best defense against H1N1 flu is to get a flu vaccine each year. The flu vaccine protects against H1N1 flu as well as other strains of flu, and it is recommended for most people.

If you develop H1N1 flu, it would be treated similar to other types of flu. This includes resting, getting plenty of fluids and taking medication to help with symptoms. In addition, it’s important to carefully monitor the symptoms and see a doctor if anything changes or worsens with your health status -- if you have difficulty breathing, chest pain, a very high fever, seizures, persistent vomiting or symptoms that seem to be going away but then return and worsen.

SOURCES: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

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2/2/2018
9/14/2017
Could Swine Flu Be Linked to Type 1 Diabetes?

Study suggests Norwegians hit by H1N1 flu pandemic more likely to develop the autoimmune disease

8/23/2017
Have Fun at the Fair, But Don't Pet the Pigs

Vet reminds fair-goers these animals can transmit swine flu

5/16/2017
Is Your Child's Day Care Center Ready for Pandemic Flu?

Most are not, a U.S. survey finds, despite the lessons of the 2009 'swine flu' outbreak

9/19/2016
H1N1 'Swine Flu' Vaccine Unlikely to Raise Birth Defect Risk

Swedish study finds that babies born to women who got the shot had no overall higher odds

7/1/2016
2009 Swine Flu Originated in Mexico

Genetic analysis pinpoints source of the pandemic influenza that killed 17,000 people

4/11/2014
Swine Flu From 2009 Pandemic Also Struck Sea Otters: Study

Scientists say finding shows marine animals may be yet another host of flu viruses

9/23/2013
Could Immune Cell Discovery Lead to Universal Flu Vaccine?

British study found people with more of certain virus-killing immune cells fared better during swine flu pandemic

5/16/2013
H1N1 Flu Virus Detected in Seals Off California Coast

Influenza viruses can move among species, researchers say

3/13/2013
Study Confirms Slight Rise in Paralysis Risk After Swine Flu Shot

Less than 2 'excess' cases of Guillain-Barre syndrome found per 1 million vaccinations

2/27/2013
H1N1 Swine Flu Vaccine Tied to Sleep Disorder in British Children

Pandemrix also found to raise narcolepsy risk in previous European studies

9/10/2012
Researchers Find Powerful Swine Flu Strain in Korea

While unlikely to spread to humans, scientists call for close global surveillance of pigs

8/30/2012
Most U.S. Schools Unprepared for Pandemics: Study

Protective gear, medication stockpiles, staff disaster training all lacking

8/9/2012
Sharp Spike Seen in Swine Flu Cases: CDC

Number of reported illnesses has jumped 5-fold this week

7/10/2012
H1N1 Flu Vaccine Safe for Expectant Moms, Offspring: Study

Second study reports slight increase in Guillain-Barre syndrome after vaccination

5/25/2012
Fewer Stillbirths Among Pregnant Women Vaccinated Against Flu

Those who were protected from H1N1 were also less likely to deliver preterm, study finds

1/24/2012
How Did Generation X Respond to the H1N1 'Swine' Flu Epidemic?

Young adults did 'reasonably well,' report concludes, although most avoided flu shot

12/28/2011
Cases of Tamiflu-Resistant Flu Concern Experts

WHO researchers report H1N1 strain passing among people and proving immune to Tamiflu

11/2/2011
It's Possible to Come Down With Two Flu Viruses at Once

Report confirms cases of people infected by H1N1 and another flu strain at the same time

10/6/2011
Oxygenating Blood of Hospitalized H1N1 Flu Patients Saved Lives: Study

Those who got the special procedure were half as likely to die

9/2/2011
Two U.S. Children Contract New Strain of Swine Flu

But general public should not be concerned, CDC says

8/18/2011
Don't Skip This Year's Flu Shot: CDC

Formulation meant to protect against seasonal flu and H1N1

8/16/2011
More Kids Hospitalized for Flu, Skin Infections

Children accounted for 17 percent of all U.S. hospital stays in 2009

5/26/2011
Tracking Swine Flu Virus in Pigs Reveals Mutations

Changes occurred as animals were taken from one area to another, study finds