Melissa Rycroft has revealed that she has swine flu.
"I am indeed recovering from a bout of the H1N1 flu virus," the former Bachelor star, 26, tells Usmagazine.com exclusively. "Like most people who become infected, I thought I had a mild case of the common flu, but when my symptoms exacerbated, I immediately went to the hospital where I was diagnosed with H1N1 and given the proper medications to cure the infection."
She said she learned a lesson from fiance Tye Strickland's mother, who is a nurse: Get checkups and get better.
"I want to stress to people how easy it is to battle this flu when you take the proper steps such as seeking the care of a doctor," she tells Us. "I'm a clear case that by paying diligent attention to your health, it's easy to overcome this illness and be healthy again."