Swine Flu, Known as H1N1 Influenza, Facts and Symptoms

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Swine Flu, Known as H1N1 Influenza, Facts and symptoms

Swine Flu, officially known as H1N1 influenza , is having a far reaching effect on every one of us. The virus was first tracked in a small town in Mexico in May of 2009 and has spread to nearly every part of the world. The World Health Organization considers it a phase 6 pandemic. Individual cases have stopped being verified and reported as the numbers have increased exponentially. The death toll has nearly reached 3,000 and the fall flu season hasn't hit yet.

Symptoms of the H1N1 virus are similar to other strains of flu including muscle aches, upper respiratory infection, fever, nausea and general weakness. What makes this flu scary is that deaths have been reported in younger apparently healthy individuals. Usually the mortality rate for influenza is highest among the very young, old, and those in poor health. It's thought that the immune systems of younger healthy adults over react to the virus. The current flu vaccine is ineffective against this new H1N1 strain. Flu is caused by a virus.

the Difference between Cold and H1N1 Flu Symptoms



H1N1 Flu


Fever is rare with a cold. 

Fever is usually present with the flu in up to 80% of all flu cases. A temperature of 100°F or higher for 3 to 4 days is associated with the flu. 


A hacking, productive (mucus- producing) cough is often present with a cold. 

A non-productive (non-mucus producing) cough is usually present with the flu (sometimes referred to as dry cough). 


Slight body aches and pains can be part of a cold. 

Severe aches and pains are common with the flu. 

Stuffy Nose

Stuffy nose is commonly present with a cold and typically resolves spontaneously within a week. 

Stuffy nose is not commonly present with the flu. 


Chills are uncommon with a cold. 

60% of people who have the flu experience chills. 


Tiredness is fairly mild with a cold. 

Tiredness is moderate to severe with the flu. 


Sneezing is commonly present with a cold. 

Sneezing is not common with the flu. 

Sudden Symptoms

Cold symptoms tend to develop over a few days. 

The flu has a rapid onset within 3-6 hours. The flu hits hard and includes sudden symptoms like high fever, aches and pains. 


A headache is fairly uncommon with a cold. 

A headache is very common with the flu, present in 80% of flu cases. 

Sore Throat

Sore throat is commonly present with a cold. 

Sore throat is not commonly present with the flu. 

Chest Discomfort

Chest discomfort is mild to moderate with a cold. 

Chest discomfort is often severe with the flu. 

The only way to stop the spread of the epidemic is to spread the awareness.


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  1. Dr. Stacey-Ann Baugh 10/29/2009 01:14 PM
  2. Rob Thomas 10/29/2009 01:16 PM
  3. Monique Combs 10/31/2009 02:01 PM
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Diane Noble
Realty Executives - Menomonie, WI

This is great information. Where do you find this stuff?


Oct 29, 2009 07:57 AM #1
Rich Cederberg
eXp Realty - Albuquerque, NM
eXp Realty Agent Albuquerque

Thanks for the info, I think I've might have had a light case about two weeks ago. My kids missed 5 days of school. 5 days of make-up work ought to keep them busy!

Oct 29, 2009 09:45 AM #2
Rob Thomas
Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954 - Bristol, TN
Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro

Jason.....this is awesome information that I will pass on to my clients!

Thanks and have a great night!

Oct 29, 2009 12:05 PM #3
Dr. Stacey-Ann Baugh
Century 21 New Millennium - Upper Marlboro, MD
A doctor who makes house calls.

This is good information.  I am going to reblog this.  Thank you.

Oct 29, 2009 01:14 PM #4
Monique Combs
Royal Shell Real Estate - Bonita Springs, FL
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Jason ~ Thank you for this post. My kids are in colllege and 6-7 hrs away and I worry! I will re-blog to pass it along.

Oct 31, 2009 01:59 PM #5
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