There are different strains of the H1N1 virus, some more virulent than others, and it is back in Saskatchewan this year.
In 2009, the news of an H1N1 pandemic had people lining up for a flu shot.
Dr. Andrew Potter is a vaccine researcher at the University of Saskatchewan and is also the director and CEO of the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization – International Vaccine Centre, or VIDO-InterVAC.
He says as with any flu, those with weakened immune systems are most at risk, and it can predispose you to a secondary infection.
The symptoms are similar as well, with cough, fever, body aches and possibly a sore throat.
Your best bet for prevention is the flu shot and good hygiene through washing your hands often.
The vaccine in Saskatchewan does include the H1N1 vaccine.