Risk Factors & Complications of Swine Flu/H1N1

Risk Factors & Complications of H1N1/Swine flu

Swine flu or H1N1 virus can spread from human to human. The symptoms of swine flu are similar to those of a regular flu. In June 2009, the World Health Organization declared the flu caused by H1N1 to be a global pandemic.

Risk Factors:

People who are at a higher risk of getting H1N1 infection includes:

a. adults aged over 65 years
b. children under 5 years
c. people with conditions, such as diabetes, HIV, or cancer
d. pregnant women
e. people with chronic lung disease, such as asthma
f. people with chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
g. anyone with a weakened immune system
h. children with neurologic conditions


H1N1 Influenza complications include:

a. Worsening of chronic conditions, such as heart disease and asthma
b. Pneumonia
c. Neurological signs and symptoms, from confusion to seizures
d. Respiratory failure

Also read Prevention of H1N1

Source: www.medicalnewstoday.com

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