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2009 H1N1 FLU
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armanibaby - 8 years ago
We are now in the “cold and flu” season but a new type of flu has arrived. A popular question for the Chillicothe residents this flu season is.....
What is H1N1 Flu?

H1N1 flu (also known as the swine flu) is a new influenza virus. In April of 2009 the first cases of H1N1 were detected. The virus is spreading from human to human contact throughout the world.
How does H1N1 spread?

The H1N1 flu spreads like the seasonal flu spreads. It is mainly spread from person to person through coughing and sneezing. People may be infected by touching something that as been touched by an infected person and then touching their nose or mouth. The virus can be spread from day 1 to 7 of infection depending on the duration of the infection. It is very likely that the virus can be spread before you know that you have been infected.
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms include:
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Body aches
  • Headache
  • Chills
  • Fatigue
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
H1N1 symptoms are very similar to the symptoms of influenza.
Who is at risk for catching H1N1?
People of any age with a chronic illness or medical condition, 65 years and older, pregnant woman, and children under the age of 5 are more likely to catch H1N1.
People of “high risk” also include those with diabetes, asthma, kidney disease, and heart disease.
What can I do to help prevent H1N1?
  • Wash your hands with soap and water often. If you can not wash use an alcohol-based hand cleanser.
  • Avoid spreading germs by touching your nose, mouth, and eyes.
  • If you sneeze cover your mouth and nose with a tissue. Make sure to dispose of the tissue after use.
  • Avoid contact with sick people
  • If you do get sick stay home to help prevent others from being infected.
  • Have over-the-counter medications available at home in case you become infected with the flu.
  • Stay informed about H1N1 in your community.
Make sure to get your Influenza Vaccine this year! As soon as the H1N1 vaccine is available get vaccinated!

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