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Your Complete Guide to H1N1

Updated June 08, 2015.

The H1N1 (swine) flu was the 21st century's first pandemic and the first one the world has seen in over 40 years. Although the pandemic officially ended in August of 2010, many people still have questions and concerns about the virus. Find out what you need to know about H1N1 in this complete guide.

H1N1 Flu Overview

What Is H1N1?

The basics of H1N1, how it makes us sick, how it turned into a pandemic and what to do if you get sick.

Symptoms of H1N1

Do you think you might have H1N1? The symptoms are similar to those of seasonal flu, but may differ slightly.

H1N1 Websites and Resources

A thorough list of reliable websites and resources to find more information about H1N1 swine flu. You can’t believe everything you read, make sure you are getting good information.

Why H1N1 Is (and Isn't) Swine Flu

This one virus has gone through several name changes and it has people a little confused. What exactly should we be calling it and why? Learn how and why the H1N1 virus got it's many names.

How H1N1 May Affect You

Day by Day Look at H1N1 (Swine) Flu

There is a good chance that you or someone you know contracted H1N1 before the pandemic was over. Here, we look at each day of the infection and how it affected one person's life.

H1N1 High Risk Populations

Certain groups of people have proven to be at higher risk for complications from H1N1 than others. These aren't the same groups that are at high risk from seasonal flu, so take a look to see if you fall into one of these categories.

What to do if You are in a High Risk Group for H1N1

If you are in a group that is considered to be at high risk for H1N1, how you protect yourself and how you react to symptoms will be different from the general population. Find out more about what to do if you are at high risk and you think you might have H1N1.

H1N1 Flu Testing

If you get sick with what you believe is the flu, you may head to your health care provider's office expecting to be tested for H1N1. You may be surprised to learn that very few tests are being performed these days though. Find out more about what to expect from H1N1 flu testing.

H1N1 and COPD

Helpful information about how H1N1 may affect those with COPD or any other chronic respiratory problems. If you have respiratory issues, the virus is likely to affect you more severely, so you need to know what to watch for and what to do.

H1N1 in People With Addictions

People with addictions often have other chronic illnesses as a result and may be at higher risk for complications from the virus.

H1N1 During Pregnancy

One group that may be particularly vulnerable to severe illness from the pandemic is pregnant women. Find some important information about prevention and treatment options if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.

H1N1 and Cancer Patients

Those with weakened immune systems like people undergoing treatment for cancer are typically at higher risk for complications from any type of influenza virus, particularly H1N1.

Coping With a Pandemic

Whether or not you have a significant phobia about health crises, this information can help us all put the pandemic into perspective and figure out how to handle the constant news coverage.

Frequently Asked Questions About H1N1

How is H1N1 different from other types of flu? Can I still get H1N1 even if I stay away from pigs? Will my flu shot protect me from H1N1? Find out the answers to these questions and more.

Should You Fear the H1N1 Flu?

When news of H1N1 first broke, there was near-panic in the media and among the public. Now that the hype has died down, many people feel the initial reaction was overblown and are becoming complacent. So how should we react? The answer probably lies somewhere in the middle.

H1N1 Myths

Good news – you can’t get H1N1 from eating pork or Mexican food! Although you may have already figured this out by now, there are still many myths circulating about the disease. Figure out how to separate fact from fiction.

Share Your Feelings About H1N1

How do you feel about the H1N1 pandemic? Did you fear it at first and now feel it was overblown? Are you getting concerned again now that it is a full blown pandemic? Share your feelings and see how other readers reacted to the 21st century’s first flu pandemic.

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