With so many types of flu active each year it is hard to know the difference. It is even harder to try to prepare for flu season when you never know what could be going around next. Having a little education could save you from much frustration and many sick days.
The flu is commonly one of the worst illnesses to have since all you can do is rest and take in fluids. However certain stands of the flu virus must be treated differently because of the severe warfare it takes upon your body. Swine flu is one of those strands. It was discovered as the H1N1 in 2009, and nick named the Swine Flu. It was given its nickname because many of the genes in the virus normally occur in swine (pigs).
The swine flu spreads like any other flu virus from person to person. It is difficult to contract the illness more than once, since after the first time your body does create immunities to it. However there are different flu viruses which can cause you to be infected more than once in a season by the different strands.
Swine flu symptoms include cough, runny nose, fever, only some experience vomiting and diarrhea. There may even be some respiratory problems typically without a fever. Young children and senior over the age of 65 are at the highest risk of infection. Along with the typical flu symptoms you may experience complications such as bronchitis, pneumonia, ear infections, or sinus infections. These complications make it harder for your body to battle the primary virus. Yet leaving them untreated could complicate things further.
Although many can get through the illness without hospitalization or doctors observation there have been some fatalities due to the illness. The biggest recommendation for beating the illness is to stay hydrated and intake high levels of vitamin C. Although it is frustrating to be told there is nothing else that can be done, it is what your body needs.
The swine flu is contagious from the day before feeling sick to up to seven days after. It is highly contagious and affects the young and elderly the most. More than 80 percent of hospitalizations from the flu and flu complications occur in adults over the age of sixty and children under five. The swine flu has made a slight change of those statistics so everyone should be aware of the virus.
It can infect anyone. Depending on how healthy you are may be the determining factor as to how severe the illness affects you. The flu virus affects everyone differently but the symptoms are usually similar for everyone. Just being aware of the viruses can keep you healthier. There are vaccines usually available for the different strands that hit from the year previous that do help to some degree. Since the flu strands are forever changing it is not guaranteed to be 100 percent. Getting a vaccine is recommended especially to those that are within the weaker immune system ages.