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Swine flu symptoms

What is swine flu?

Swine flu is one of several strains of flu which are now considered to be seasonal flu. The official name for swine flu is Influenza A virus subtype H1N1.

This strain of flu, like other strains, can be serious for some people in at-risk groups.

Swine flu got its name because the first outbreaks mainly affected people who had direct contact with pigs.

What's the difference between swine flu and seasonal flu?

Initially, swine flu outbreak was treated separately from the normal seasonal flu. Now for many people, swine flu is the strain of flu they catch during the flu season.

The symptoms of swine flu are similar to those of other strains of seasonal flu:

Swine flu protection is now built in to the seasonal flu jab or vaccination.

The effects of swine flu are usually mild, but some people in at-risk groups who have not had the flu vaccination are more at risk of serious illness.

When flu symptoms develop, stay at home and have plenty of rest. Use age-appropriate over-the-counter painkillers.

Seek medical advice if you have concerns, or if you:

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Medically Reviewed by Dr Rob Hicks on June 15, 2015

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