Swine flu, scientific name A/H1N1pdm09 or H1N1 for short, was the influenza virus responsible for the 2009-10 global pandemic. Today, it’s among the common types of seasonal flu with the H1N1 strain included in annual flu vaccinations. The H1N1 strain is present in all Quadrivalent (4 strains) flu vaccines.
Flu Pandemic of 2009-10: Swine flu or Influenza
Mexico. April 2009. The virus was first discovered in humans, only to be later known as swine flu with symptoms comparable to viruses endemic in pigs.
Swine flu made headlines as quickly as it emerged and became widespread across different countries. Initial predictions deemed the newly identified type of flu virus a grave threat, but the risk of serious outcomes was not extreme.
While a relatively small number of younger adults and children suffered serious illnesses and even death, a significant portion in the older age group was immune to the H1N1 flu.
August 10, 2010. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak officially over.
Swine flu in The Modern-Day Setting
If you got sick with the flu in previous years, there’s a chance H1N1 flu caused it. Symptoms are similar to that of normal flu, often mild but highly contagious and pass after a week’s time. Like most types of flu, H1N1 influenza poses a higher risk to children or younger adults with underlying health conditions, and pregnant women.
WHO-recommended flu vaccines contain H1N1 or A/H1N1pdm09 -like virus to protect against strains circulating during winter. Many people have already acquired some level of immunity to the swine flu virus, especially with the latest, constantly monitored and updated flu shots administered in a timely manner.
The H1N1 Flu is a Type A virus strain, you will find this strain in all Quadrivalent vaccines in Australia. Corporate Care only uses Quadrivalent flu vaccines (4 strains) in their workplace flu vaccination programs