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Swine Flu (H1N1)

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Swine Flu, also known as H1N1, came to the forefront in spring 2009.

Learn more about swine flu/H1N1:


Symptoms  
Similar to the symptoms of regular seasonal influenza and include:

  • fever more than 100 degees
  • lethargy
  • lack of appetite
  • coughing
  • runny nose
  • sore throat
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea

     


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     When to Get Help

    For 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
    • Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held
    • Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough

    For adults:

    • Difficulty breathing
    • 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

     If you become ill

    • Stay home from work and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them. You should remain at home until you've had no symptoms for 24 hours.
    • If you develop severe symptoms, including a fever of 103 degrees or higher, please contact your primary care physician.

     Precautions:

    • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hands sanitizers are also effective.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.
    • Wipe down your work surfaces often with antiseptic wipes.
    • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
    • Health care workers should always use droplet and standard precautions (surgical mask and eye protection) for influenza-like illnesses with good hand washing before and after patient contact.
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