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How does swine flu affect the body?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Usually, the first effect of swine flu on the body is a fever with chills and muscle aches. You may also have a feeling of general weakness, fatigue, and a headache. Remember, swine flu is caused by a virus that infects the respiratory system. As a result, effects on the body often focus on the throat, nose, and lungs. The nose may become congested or runny, the throat may become sore, and a dry cough may be present.

Symptoms of swine flu (also called H1N1 flu) include all the symptoms of the seasonal flu: fever, coughing, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headaches, body aches, chills, fatigue. Sometimes swine flu also causes vomiting and diarrhea.

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