Swine Flu or H1N1 Flu - What Is This “Pig Flu”

How Do you Get the H1N1 Flu or Swine Flu Virus3

How is the Swine Flu or H1N1 Flu transmitted?


- the most common cause is being in the ‘Exhalation Zone” of an infected person. This

  means getting sneezed or coughed on, or even catching their breath straight in the face


- virus/germ contamination is the second leading cause of infection. This means

   things like handling items an infected person has just sneezed or coughed on. A door

   knob, a pen or pencil, or even an eating utensil.


- yes, you can catch H1N1 from handling swine


How can you avoid the H1N1 Swine Flu4

The best way to avoid the H1N1 Flu (Swine Fu) Virus is common sense.


- stay away from infected people as much as possible


- wash your hands frequently, and keep them away from your eyes, nose, and mouth



-  unknowingly handling contaminated objects is the second most frequent way of getting infected with the H1N1 Flu virus.


- don’t ignore flu symptoms. H1N1 symptoms are mild and many people ignore

  them until the infection is in full force. See your doctor at the first signs of the flu, especially if the symptoms include diarrhea, nausea, or a fever.

H1N1 Swine Flu virus is just another influenza virus

The 2009 strain of the H1N1 virus is just another strain of the Swine Flu that has been with us a long time. It can be serious, but it doesn’t have to be. Just use common sense and see your doctor if you have any flu-like symptoms. Be aware of the people around you, wash your hands frequently, and the odds are you will never catch it.


Swine Flu or H1N1 Flu - What is this “Pig Flu” and How Do You Get It

By: G.A. Anderson


The Swine Flu, now called the H1N1 Flu to be politically correct, is a contagious type of the influenza A virus. Strains of this virus have been responsible for deadly outbreaks in the past, and the H1N1 Swine Flu strain seems to be in the early stages of another outbreak in 2009.Will it become a pandemic? Knowing what this virus is and how you can get it can be vital to protecting your health. This article describes the H1N1 virus and the most common ways it is passed from one person to another.  Home



H1N1, the Swine Flu, aka The Pig Flu: Technical Definition1

H1N1 is a subtype of the Influenza A Virus, or Influenzavirus A. Influenza is the flu. Most people don’t say they have Influenza, they say they have the flu, but it is the same thing. The Influenza A virus and its subtypes are the most common causes of flu in humans. It was the H1N1 virus, and some of its associated strains that killed almost 100 million people in the Swine Flu pandemic of 1918. The H1N1 Swine Flu can be a very serious virus.


The H1N1 strain of 2009 is actually a combination of four types of influenza viruses: North American Swine, North American Avian, North American Human, and a mix of European and Asian Swine. As you can see it is a hybrid, a re-mix of past influenza viruses.


The World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared the 2009 outbreak a Pandemic in June of 2009.


Where Did This Outbreak of H1N1 Come From2

Nobody can say for sure. There is a consensus that the outbreak started in Mexico, but that is the only agreement on its origins. There are rumors that it started in a Mexican swine herd, another that it was a Mexican school boy. The problem is that H1N1 symptoms begin as mild flu symptoms, so by the time most people feel sick enough to go to the doctor, it has developed into a full-blown viral infection.


 This is one reason it was already fairly widespread before it was officially identified as an outbreak. Most virologists do agree it is more probable this outbreak started from a human carrier, than a swine.