How does h1n1 spread? Am I vulnerable to it standing next to a person with the disease?

H1N1. That virus was prevelent in 2010 and 2011. I haven't see much of it in 2012. It is droplet and contact (ie not wahing hands) spread, so yes you can catch it from being close to an infected person. H1n1 is certainly not a death sentence, it's just a virus we have named. If you are in good health, you'll have two weeks of the "flue".