There have been reports of the H1N1 virus in every state in the United States, most cases have been mild. Some symptoms of the flu are:
- Coughing and/or sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Headaches and/or body aches
If you have any of these symptoms stay home to keep it from spreading to others.
Ways to keep you and those around you healthy.
Stay at home until you have been free of fever, or signs of fever for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever reducing medication. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth and close contact with others, especially those who might easily get the flu. Wash your hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub especially after coughing or sneezing into your hands or tissue. Get plenty of rest and drink lots of liquids.
What if my child seems very sick?
Even children who have always been healthy can get a severe case of the flu. Call or take your child to a doctor right away if your child of any age has:
- Fast breathing or trouble breathing
- Bluish or gray skin color
- Not drinking enough fluids
- Severe or persistent vomiting
- 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
- Has other conditions (like heart or lung disease, diabetes, or asthma) and develops flu symptoms, including a fever and/or cough
Who should get vaccinated?
The CDC does not expect that there will be a shortage of novel H1N1 vaccine, but availability of a particular brand can be unpredictable. There are some possibility that initially the vaccines will be available in limited quantities. It is recommended that the following groups receive the appropriate type of vaccine before others:
- Pregnant women
- People who live with or care for children younger than 6 months of age
- Health care and emergency medical services personnel
- Children 6 months through 24 years of age
- People from ages 25 through 64 years who have chronic medical conditions.
If you have any questions about H1N1, call us at (616) 527-5341.