Overweight and tobacco are the most common risk factors in people suffering from influenza A. For this reason, the Spanish Society for the Study of Obesity (SEEDO) advises those suffering from morbid obesity, to be vaccinated against influenza A.

According to the data provided by the Ministry of Health and Social Policy, 30% of the 36 deaths from influenza A (H1N1) in our country until September 23 of 2009 suffered from severe obesity.

After the results presented, Dr. Xavier Formiguera, president of SEEDO, recommends people who are overweight to be vaccinated against the new strain of influenza, although it is unknown whether obesity is a risk factor that facilitates the spread of influenza It can worsen your prognosis.

Influenza A (H1N1)

It is an acute and highly contagious respiratory infection of pigs. The proportion of people who fall ill in one place and time is usually high, but mortality is low (between 1% - 4%).

The virus is transmitted between animals by aerosols, by direct or indirect contact. Also through carrier pigs without symptoms.

How flu affects humans

The clinical symptoms presented by infected people are similar to those experienced with seasonal flu, but the clinical manifestations are variable, from an infection without symptoms to a severe pneumonia that can kill the patient.

General symptoms:

  • Fever: more than 38 ° C.
  • General discomfort.
  • Cough.
  • Sore throat.
  • Headache.
  • Muscle pains.
  • Diarrhea and vomiting (sometimes).

Influenza Vaccination Recommendations 2016-2017 (November 2019).