Up until last year, no one had even heard of swine flu. Now, as it's swept through at least 70 countries, including the United States, swine flu has become part of our collective consciousness. As a result of the global spread of the virus, the World Health Organization (WHO) raised the worldwide pandemic alert level of swine flu to Phase 6, signalling that a global pandemic is underway.

Here you'll find key information on swine flu including important guidelines to help keep you and your family safe from this potentially deadly virus.


Pandemic Alert Level

According to the World Health Organization, the current phase of pandemic alert is Level 6.

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Outbreak Map

View an interactive map to see the most highly affected areas

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Latest Swine Flu News

Swine flu deadlier in children than seasonal flu

Runny nose, fever, cough, even pneumonia -- the symptoms sound like swine flu but children hospitalized at one U.S. hospital in fact had a rhinovirus, better known as a common cold virus, doctors said. Read More

US poll shows worry about swine flu shot persists

One of the most systematic looks yet at the swine flu pandemic confirms that it is at worst only a little more serious than an average flu season and could well be a good deal milder, researchers said.  Read More

WHO probing drug resistant swine flu

Hackers spread virus with swine flu vaccine offer

Swine Flu Videos

The Danger May Not Be Over

As federal officers brace for a fall surge of swine flu, NBC's Chief Science Correspondent reports if this calls for vaccinations for everyone.

One Victim's Story

Hear the story of one woman who died from swine flu after giving birth to her child.

Exclusive Coverage from QualityHealth

Going Back to School During Swine Flu Season

Learning about the swine flu virus was scary enough this past spring, when it made headlines for the first time. The warm summer weather has given the nation a reprieve in terms of new cases diagnosed, but health experts say that the virus is poised for an aggressive as children are settling back into their school routines. How can you keep your child safe? Learn More

Is it Swine Flu or Allergies?

If you aren't sure how to differentiate between common allergy symptoms and signs that you could have the swine flu, you're in good company. But while you may not be sure which it is, the experts say that there are some telltale signs that can help you determine if you really do have swine flu. Learn More

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