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H1N1 and Seasonal Flu
What is the flu?

The flu is a respiratory illness that is caused by the influenza viruses. According to the CDC, 5%-20% of the population contracts the flu each year. More than 200,000 are hospitalized and approximately 36,000 die from flu-related causes. Seasonal flu occurs in the late fall through early spring.

Swine flu/H1N1

H1N1 is a new flu virus that has two genes from flu viruses that are often found in pigs, plus avian genes and human genes.  It is contagious and can spread from person to person. Symptoms are often mild but can also be severe. You cannot get H1N1 from eating pork.

Vaccines

You will need two vaccines to protect you this year; the regular seasonal flu vaccine and the H1N1. Contact your family doctor to find out more information.

Symptoms and Complications


Fever

Headache

Muscle aches

Dry cough

Extreme tiredness

Runny or stuff nose

Sore throat


Stomach symptoms that may include diarrhea, vomiting or nausea

Complications can include bacterial pneumonia, congestive heart failure, asthma, diabetes sinus infections, ear infections or dehydration.

Prevention

Cover your nose and mouth

Sneeze into your sleeve

Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth

Avoid contact with other people

What to do if you become ill

Stay home

If you are sick stay home for at least 24 hours after you do not have a fever or signs of a fever without the use of medicine.

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