H1N1 and Seasonal 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.
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.
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
Runny or stuff nose
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.
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
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.Bookmark Us: Emergency Survival Kits and Disaster Preparedness Supplies