H1N1 Influenza Information

4 Article185H1N1 (referred to as “swine flu” early on) is a new influenza virus causing illness in people. This new virus was first detected in people in the United States in April 2009. Other countries, including Mexico and Canada, have reported people sick with this new virus. This virus is spreading from person to person, probably in much the same way that regular seasonal influenza viruses spread.
It is important to know that everyone is at risk for contracting the H1N1 influenza virus and should take the following steps to protect themselves and others:

Washem 180X150Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.  If no tissue is available, cough or sneeze into your elbow.

Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.

Try to avoid close contact with sick people.

If you are sick with a flu-like illness, stay home until you have been free of a fever or signs of a fever for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication, except to seek medical care or for other necessities.
For further information, you can visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu or the Ohio Department of Health at www.odh.ohio.gov.  You may also contact us here at the Pike County General Health District at (740)947-7721 for local information.
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