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besure77 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Swine Flu is also known as H1N1. The Centers for Disease Control recommend that everyone get vaccinated against this strain of flu. The vaccines were once hard to come by but now they are readily available.

Like most other influenza viruses, H1N1 is spread from person to person through coughing and sneezing. It is also important to take precautions such as covering your mouth when you sneeze or cough and washing your hands. In addition, avoid touching your mouth, nose, and eyes and if you do get sick then stay home to prevent spreading the virus. It is also important to follow public health advice and stay informed.

Symptoms of H1N1 are fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body ache, headache, chills, and fatigue. Sometimes vomiting and diarrhea may also be present. Most people who contract this virus do not need to seek medical attention.

dano7744 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Swine flu is caused by a virus the H1N1 virus. This illness has been classified as a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO). The early forms of H1N1 were found in pigs, hence the name swine flu. Viruses change or mutant and now this virus can infect humans as well as pigs.

H1N1 is spread from person to person (just like other viruses), if someone with the flu coughs or sneezes then others inhale the virus by the act of breathing. It is also transmitted by touching virus laden inanimate objects like doorknobs or computer keyboards. People ill with the swine flu have virus particles in their mucus, so it is also passed from person to person by coming into contact with the infected mucus.

Contrary to popular belief, you can't contract H1N1 by eating pork.

Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The spreading of the H1N1 virus is similar to any other type of strain of influenza.  The previous post was accurate in its explanation here.  Sometimes, germs that cause the virus remain in objects so touching these objects and then touching mouth or nose can help to spread the virus.  Most of this transmission is airborne and through unprotected contact, so to minimize its spread, washing hands and publicly touched objects, as well as covering one's mouth when coughing could be beneficial in stopping its spread.  At times, talking to people at a very close proximity can also spread germs, so maintaining some type of personal space might be a good thing, especially with someone who has been sick or recently been sick.

kc4u | Student

Swine Flu is a type of influenza caused by H1N1 virus endemic in the pig/swine community. Humans, particularly those who work with the poultry/swine and intensively exposed to animal farming, may get infected. Although human infection is not common, an infected person spreads the virus among others through coughing and sneezing, physical contact/proximity. A person may get infected by breathing the virus into his body. Regular washing of hands with disinfecting soap, covering mouth and nose with appropriate kind of musks, to avoid contact with an infected person, to get the blood tested if necessary are some of the precautions that must be observed in case human infection is reported.

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