Type A Influenza H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu) Information and Resources

Type A Influenza H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu) Information and Resources

The information and news below are offered for informational purposes only, and do not necessarily reflect the opinion or advice of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists. Please consult with your primary care healthcare professional for any decisions involving your health.
Some basic information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website:
What is H1N1 flu?
2009 H1N1 (referred to as “swine flu” early on) is a new influenza virus causing illness in people. This new virus was first detected in people in the United States in April 2009. This virus is spreading from person-to-person worldwide, probably in much the same way that regular seasonal influenza viruses spread. On June 11, 2009, the World Health Organization (WHO) signaled that a pandemic of 2009 H1N1 flu was underway.
Why is 2009 H1N1 virus sometimes called “swine flu”?
This virus was originally referred to as “swine flu” because laboratory testing showed that many of the genes in this new virus were very similar to influenza viruses that normally occur in pigs (swine) in North America. But further study has shown that this new virus is very different from what normally circulates in North American pigs. It has two genes from flu viruses that normally circulate in pigs in Europe and Asia and bird (avian) genes and human genes. Scientists call this a "quadruple reassortant" virus. 

Primary Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Sign up for text messages from CDC on H1N1 flu and more: text HEALTH to 87000. More info: http://is.gd/3nIxg
Follow H1N1CDC on Twitter!
Keep up-to-date with the developing pandemic of swine flu.
Links to individual state health agencies.

World Health Organization (WHO)

Other Resources


Background Information
"Surviving Swine Flu," Newsweek, September 19, 2009
"What Do You Want to Know About Swine Flu?" WSAZ.com, September 18, 2009
"How the Pandemic Swine Flu Virus Came to Be," Los Angeles Times, September 14, 2009
"H1N1: Separating Swine Flu Myth From Fact," Fox News, August 5, 2009
"Swine Flu: How Do You Know When You've Got It Bad?" Los Angeles Times, August 1, 2009
"Swine Flu Baffles Health Experts," CBS News, April 24, 2009
"Understanding Swine Flu," Wall Street Journal, April 28, 2009
"Swine Flu," Washington Post, April 27, 2009

 H1N1 News


H1N1 Flu Vaccines Safe During Pregnancy, USA Today, January 16, 2013