Swine flu vaccination: What you need to know?
Protect yourself and others.
What is swine flu?
About the swine flu vaccine.
What else do I need to know?
What should I do now?
Swine flu is a respiratory disease caused by a new strain of influenza virus. The
seasonal flu vaccines that are already available don’t protect against swine
flu, so a new flu vaccine has been developed.
How serious is swine flu?
For most people, swine flu is mild. It comes on quickly and generally lasts for around
a week. It causes fever, tiredness, cough and sore throat. Other symptoms can
include a headache, aching muscles, chills, sneezing, a runny nose, loss
of appetite, vomiting and diarrhoea. Some people are more likely to be
seriously ill with swine flu. These can include people who have long-term
health conditions, who are pregnant or whose immune system is affected
by a disease or treatment for a disease. They may need to go to hospital and,
in the very worst cases, some may die.This is why it is important to have a
vaccine to prevent people from catching swine flu.
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