The H1N1 virus is also known as the Swine Flu. It is caused by a virus that infects a pig’s respiratory tract. Humans who are exposed to pigs that have the virus may contract the virus from the pigs. Once humans have the virus they spread it to one another through close contact.
H1N1 Virus Symptoms
The symptoms of the H1N1 virus are much like flu symptoms. A person may have a cough, headache, severe fatigue, diarrhea and vomiting and a fever of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. Infants, the elderly, pregnant women, asthmatics, and people with autoimmune problems can have very serious symptoms such as pneumonia. In some severe cases even death may occur, though this is rare.
H1N1 Vaccine and Treatment
A vaccine has been created to help prevent the H1N1 virus from infecting humans. Once a person contracts the H1N1 virus most of the time it is treated like the flu, with plenty of fluid and bed rest. If complications such as respiratory problems arise, hospitalization might be required and the person will need to be treated for respiratory problems.
H1N1 generally lasts for 3 to 7 days. The infected person can still have a cough for up to two weeks even though he or she may start to feel better.
It is also suggested that a person who has had the H1N1 virus take vitamins to help boost his or her immune system to help recover from the virus.