Everyday healthy actions you can do to help prevent H1N1 flu (swine flu) include:
- Wash your hands with soap and water often, especially after you cough or sneeze. An alcohol based hand sanitizer can also be used.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and discard of the tissue in the trash.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth as germs can spread easily that way.
- Avoid contact with those who are sick as influenza is thought to be mainly spread from person-to-person through coughing and sneezing of those who are infected.
- If you’re sick, stay home from school or work to keep others from getting infected.
If you get sick and have any of the following warning signs you should seek emergency medical care:
In children emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention include:
- Fast breathing or trouble breathing
- 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
In adults, emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention include:
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
- Sudden dizziness
- Severe or persistent vomiting
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