H1N1: Overview

Last spring, you couldn’t turn on a television or pick up a newspaper without getting information about the HINI Influenza virus, also called “swine flu,” spreading in Mexico and into the United States. The first case appeared in the United States in April 2009. Over the course of spring and into early summer, HINI influenza continued to garner major headlines, with deaths occurring as a result of the virus and schools closing due to infected students. In June, the World Health Organization issued an alert that an H1N1 pandemic is underway, which means cases of HINI influenza have been reported around the world.

There is a lot of information about the H1N1 flu, but one thing to realize is that while the virus has caused deaths, most people who have been sick with H1N1 virus have recovered without needing medical treatment, or hospitalizations. However, as fall approaches and the H1N1 virus continues to spread, it is important to get a better understanding of what this virus is. The CDC has devoted an entire section of their Web site to HINI flu, with regular updates made to the information. Visit the CDC now.

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