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The Flu Facts
October 2, 2009
The Flu Facts:
With the addition of H1N1, this year’s flu season is more unpredictable than ever. One thing you can do to protect yourself and your family is to get the seasonal flu vaccine as soon as it is offered. A vaccine to protect against H1N1 will be available sometime in October. Remember that you must receive vaccines for both to provide the best level of protection.
There should be no excuse not to get vaccinated. About 30-50 percent of those infected with the flu don’t have any symptoms yet can still spread the flu to family members and co-workers. You are able to infect others with the flu at least one day before you have symptoms.
For more information on getting vaccinated for both the seasonal flu and H1N1, contact the Madison County Health Department, 740-852-3065, 306 Lafayette St #B, London, Ohio, http://www.co.madison.oh.us/10122/index.html.
If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.) Keep away from others as much as possible to keep from making others sick.
Who is at Risk for Seasonal Flu?
People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from seasonal flu should also get a seasonal flu vaccine:
Who is at Risk for H1N1?
What should I do if I get sick?
If you live in areas where people have been identified with 2009 H1N1 flu and become ill with influenza-like symptoms, including fever, body aches, runny or stuffy nose, sore throat, nausea, or vomiting or diarrhea, you should stay home and avoid contact with other people.
CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.) Stay away from others as much as possible to keep from making others sick. Staying at home means that you should not leave your home except to seek medical care. This means avoiding normal activities, including work, school, travel, shopping, social events, and public gatherings.
If you have severe illness or you are at high risk for flu complications, contact your health care provider or seek medical care. Your health care provider will determine whether flu testing or treatment is needed.
If you become ill and experience any of the following warning signs, seek emergency medical care.
In children, emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention include:
In adults, emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention include:
For more information about the flu in Ohio, visit the Ohio Department of Health at http://www.odh.ohio.gov/.