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H1N1 Flu

H1N1 Flu

H1N1 flu (or swine flu) is a new strain of flu virus causing illness in people. In April 2009 this specific type of H1N1 flu was first reported in the United States. H1N1 flu has now been found in many other areas of the world. Symptoms are similar to seasonal flu and include sudden fever, cough, sore throat, muscle aches, headache, chills, and general weakness. (What is H1N1 flu?)

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Vaccination


General Info on 2009 H1N1 Flu

 
What You Can Do to Stay Healthy
  • Wash your hands and use an alcohol hand sanitizer product often. This is one of the most effective measures.
  • Use good cough etiquette (into elbow, not hands) or cover mouth and nose with tissues when you sneeze or cough. Throw away tissues immediately.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Avoid hugging and kissing ill persons.
  • Contact your medical provider if you become ill to determine testing and treatment protocols.
  • Disinfect items that you touch frequently such as doorknobs, telephones, etc.
  • Ensure that personal preparedness plans and kits are up to date, including food and water supplies for the family.
  • If you or family members are ill, you need to stay home!
 

Flu Droplets

Be Aware of the Invisible

Clean Hands

Keep the Cough to Yourself

H1N1 Rap by Dr. Clarke




 
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