Emergency Care

When to seek emergency care for swine flu

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.

Recognizing H1N1 symptoms

Swine flu symptoms are the same as other seasonal flu symptoms. They include:

  • Fever
  • Body aches
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Chills
  • Headache

If your symptoms are severe, promptly seek medical care.

Treating swine flu at our emergency room

If you are in a high-risk group or have a severe case, you may need prescription antiviral medicine to fight the swine flu. These work best if you start them within 48 hours of getting the flu.

At home, you can treat swine flu by getting plenty of rest, drinking fluids and taking over-the-counter medicine to treat symptoms.

Trust our team of highly trained emergency physicians and nurses to provide personalized care. Using leading-edge treatments, we work together to make sure that our patients get the best care available.

Goshen Hospital Emergency Department treats H1N1 virus in Goshen, IN.