any of various strains of influenza virus including those that most commonly cause influenza in humans; specif., a pandemic strain originating in North America in 2009 and containing genes from swine, bird, and human influenza viruses
Fears about the H1N1 virus have inspired organizations such as the International Sanitary Supply Association (ISSA) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to issue guidelines and directives for swine flu cleaning procedures.
Whether or not the Santa you and your children will visit this holiday season has been vaccinated against the H1N1 virus, there are many easy steps you can take to stay safe and still get that priceless picture on Santa's lap.
It wouldn't be a very merry Christmas if Santa and H1N1 were to mix, but fortunately by understanding what this virus is and how to safeguard against it, you can enjoy all the spirit of the season in a happy, healthy way.
While this may sound severe, it is important to mention that the mortality rate of H1N1 is lower than that of seasonal flu, and if proper precautions are taken there is no need for panic about this disease.
Like all influenza strains, H1N1 spreads through direct human contact, including through sneezes and coughs as well as picking up the virus from infected surfaces and then touching your nose or mouth.