Tips To Prevent The Spread of H1N1:
-Wash your hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub.
-Avoid touching your nose, eyes and mouth. This is how germs spread.
-Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
-If you have flu-like symptoms, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever has broken except if you are seeking futher medical attention.
(symptoms are very similar to the typical flu)
-Lack Of Appetite
-Other Symptoms May Include: Runny Nose, Sore Throat, Nausea, Vomiting and Diarrhea.
Who's Most At Risk?
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What To Do If You Are Sick:
If you get sick with flu-like symptoms this flu season, you should stay home and avoid contact with other people except to get medical care. Most people with 2009 H1N1 have had mild illness and have not needed medical care or antiviral drugs and the same is true of seasonal flu.
However, some people are more likely to get flu complications and they should talk to a health care provider about whether they need to be examined if they get flu symptoms this season. They are:
· Children younger than 5, but especially children younger than 2 years old
· People 65 and older
· Pregnant women
· People who have:
o Blood disorders (including sickle cell disease)
o Chronic lung disease [including asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)]
o Heart disease
o Kidney disorders
o Liver disorders
o Neurological disorders (including nervous system, brain or spinal cord)
o Neuromuscular disorders (including muscular dystrophy and multiple sclerosis)
o Weakened immune systems (including people with AIDS)
What are the emergency warning signs?
· Fast breathing or trouble breathing
· Bluish skin color
· Not drinking enough fluids
· Not waking up or not interacting
· Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held
· Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough
· Fever with a rash
· Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
· Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
· Sudden dizziness
· Severe or persistent vomiting
H1N1 Related Links:
-MeritCare Hospital: Area Resources & Info
-North Dakota Department Of Health: State Hotline & Resources for ND Residents
-Minnesota Department Of Health: State Hotline & Resources for MN Residents
-Centers For Disease Control: Vaccine Supply Updates, Flu Activity, and General Info