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The Flu is The Flu, Not So
Years ago, all you did was call your doctor and say, “I need to see your doc, I am sick.” Family physicians years ago set up a portion of their day to make house calls in addition to their office calls. The doctor would come with his black bag and make you well again.
The old-time doctors of years ago did not want you venturing out of your home when you were sick with the flu. The doc did not want you infecting other people, so he came to see you.
These doctors were called traditional family physicians, and they were no nonsense. Many of these doctors said, “The flu? Oh, the flu is the flu. Every year it is the same old thing. People just like to tack on a different name every year, but the flu is the flu no matter what you call it from year to year.”
Three Flu Viruses
The medical arena has changed over time due to the research on the flu every year. Research through the CDC found that there are three different types of flu and one of these types is called the H1N1 or swine flu.
People who worked around pigs, who came into contact with pigs sometimes got a virus referred to as the swine flu. The swine flu is contagious, meaning that it spreads from one person to another and that person did not have to be around pigs to get the swine flu.
It is important to protect yourself as best as you can from getting in touch with this type of flu because this kind of flu causes serious health problems for those people with lower immunities.
The swine flu is so important to the CDC that when you get your flu vaccination every year part of this vaccine includes an inoculation towards the swine or H1N1 flu.
To get the swine flu all, you have to do is be in the vicinity of someone who sneezed or coughed and had the virus. All you have to do is touch a common surface like a door knob, public restroom sink faucet, or a shopping cart.
If you contact the swine flu you can have some or all of the following symptoms. The symptoms of the swine flu are much the same as the regular flu.
- Runny Nose
- Stuffy Nose
- Fever and or Chills
- Sore Throat
- Body Aches
People at Risk for Secondary Flu Symptoms
While most flu types can cause other health problems, the swine flu possibly leads to more severe problems such as bronchitis and pneumonia and because the flu (no matter what the name is) is a respiratory infection, meaning that the flu attacks your lungs.
If you contact the swine flu and have a low immunity or lung disease, a risk for secondary infection increases. Some common secondary infections such as pneumonia or bronchitis surface when you are fighting the flu. Now you have to fight more serious symptoms such as,
- Shortness of Breath
- Increased Vomiting
- Abdomen Pain
It is these secondary flu symptoms that become life-threatening, possibly sending you to the hospital for treatment.
You are at risk for secondary health conditions stemming from the swine flu if you have a chronic lung disease or other chronic illness. Some of the following chronic diseases can make your fight with the flu more severe and difficult to overcome.
- Heart Disease
- Cystic Fibrosis
Protect yourself against flu symptoms by getting your flu vaccine every fall season.