Swine flu, or H1N1, is an influenza virus that causes the flu, an infection of the respiratory tract. You can come down with swine flu the same way you get other flu viruses – through contact with someone who is infected.
Any type of flu can be mild and keep you in bed for a few days. However, some cases can have life-threatening complications, such as pneumonia, bronchitis and sinus infections.
There are certain people who are at the highest risk for developing swine flu-related complications:
- Pregnant women
- People over age 65
- Children under age 5, especially those under age 2
- Residents of long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes
- Those with a weakened immune system or chronic medical conditions
- Morbidly obese people
When should you go to the ER for H1N1 virus? If you fall under these groups and have the swine flu in Goshen, IN, or a surrounding area, seek emergency care at Goshen Hospital Emergency Department. We serve the people of Elkhart County by putting our patients first and helping you heal as quickly as possible.