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Get the Facts About Novel H1N1 Influenza….SWINE FLUE

Novel H1N1 (referred to a swine flu early on) is a new influenza virus that is spreading from person-to-person. 

                                                             Signs and symptoms

Symptoms of novel H1N1 flu in people are similar to those associated with seasonal flu.

          Fever                          

          Cough                     

              Sore throat

           Runny or stuffy nose

          Body aches

          Headache

             Chills                     

             Fatigue

 

What can you do to protect yourself from getting sick? 

          Vaccine 

   Everyday actions can help prevent spread of germs that cause respiratory illnesses like influenza.

          Wash your hands often with soap and warm water  especially after you cough or sneeze. Wash for 15 – 20 seconds.

          Alcohol-based hand wipes or gel sanitizers are also effective.

          Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.  Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.

          Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.  Germs spread this way.

        .     Avoid contact with sick people.

                        If you get sick… 

          Stay home if you’re sick  for 7 days after your symptoms begin or until you’ve been

                symptom-free for 24 hours, whichever is longer.

          If you are sick, limit your contact with other people as much as possible.

Watch for emergency warning signs 

In adults:  

            Difficulty in breathing or shortness of breath

            Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen

            Sudden dizziness

            Confusion

            Severe or persistent vomiting

            Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with  fever and worse cough

Emergency warning signs in children 

                                                            

         Fast breathing or trouble breathing       

         Bluish or gray skin color

         Not drinking enough fluids

         Severe or persistent vomiting

         Not waking up or not interacting

         Irritable, the child does not want to be held

         Flu-like symptoms improve but then return  with fever and worse cough

 

 


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