Flu season is now dawning in many countries around the World, with the harsh winter months traditionally encouraging virus circulation. There are a number of different flu strains which could make life difficult in the coming weeks, as cases of flu and other viral infections start to stack up. Influenza A strains commonly mark the season, with symptoms reported of high fevers, muscle aches and a nasty sore throat. Another possibility however is for Swine Flu to make a return, as outbreaks still occasionally spark around this season.
Swine flu is a nasty subtype of Influenza A which cannot be prevented by traditional flu vaccinations.
The virus is often described as “novel” because originally, it was animal borne in pigs and boars.
In 2009, the highly contagious disease made rounds through the World as a pandemic and infected hundreds of thousands people after originating in Mexico.
In humans, the virus feels much like the traditional seasonal influenza, but can often present with more intense symptoms.
According to disease specialists at the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) in the USA, symptoms of Swine Flu are the following:
– A fever or feeling feverish/chills
– Sore throat
– Runny or stuffy nose
– Muscle or body aches
– Fatigue (feeling very tired)
How long does Swine Flu last?
Recovery from Swine Flu is dependant on the health of the person who contracts the virus.
Normally, the disease will last around a week in healthy people.
If you suspect you have the disease and have another chronic illness, the NHS recommends visiting a GP, as they can cause complications which could be fatal.
GP’s normally won’t recommend antibiotics for flu recovery as they do not alleviate symptoms or speed up recovery.
Swine flu can push some people into critical condition when there are other illnesses present.
A recent case diagnosed on Christmas saw a 14-year-old boy suffering from both a cold and Swine Flu at the same time, who is now in intensive care at Liverpool’s Alder Hey hospital.
In rare cases, Swine Flu can cause sudden chest pain and difficulty breathing, and can cause people to cough up blood.
If this situation should arise, NHS recommendations are to call 999 and seek urgent medical care.