Re H1N1 (the Flu, formerly known as Swine)

From: Kathleen K Rustrum, Public Information Officer, Dr. S. Todd Stolp, Public Health Officer

Update

As of May 1, 2009, there are 141 confirmed cases of H1N1 Swine Influenza confirmed in the United States with one death. There have been no cases of H1N1 Swine Influenza in Tuolumne County. As of today [Friday], there had been 17 cases of Swine Influenza confirmed in California.

Does Tuolumne County have a Plan for H1N1 – Swine Influenza?

The Tuolumne County Department of Public Health created a “Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan” in 2003. With participation from a wide array of local government and community agencies and from individual volunteers, this plan has been repeatedly exercised and refined over the past five years.

To view the 2009 version of the plan go to the Tuolumne County website:

www.tuolumnecounty.ca.gov and then find the Public Health page, under All County Departments.

This is a community coordinated plan to address health care emergencies in Tuolumne County, including Pandemic Flu.


What should I do if I feel ill?

It is important for each person to familiarize themselves with symptoms of the “flu.” It is most important that you learn to recognize when those symptoms do not require a visit to a clinic or emergency room, and when your condition might require the attention of a health care provider. In this way we can avoid unnecessary delays for patients requiring care and unnecessary exposure of people to infections in waiting rooms.

Influenza can be recognized by:

  • A fever of 100 degrees by oral measurement and
  • A cough and/or sore throat.

You will note that many other virus illnesses may cause these same symptoms. Therefore, it is not necessary that you immediately seek help if you have these symptoms. There are two situations in which you should consider calling an expert for advice about being seen for your illness.

  1. You should call your usual health care provider, urgent care or emergency room if the patient with symptoms has difficulty breathing, becomes confused, appears pale or bluish around the mouth or face, or begins to cough up blood in the sputum. These are the signs that any respiratory illness may be more serious, whether or not it is caused by influenza.
  2. Tuolumne County residents should call your local health department (209-533-7401) or the healthcare provider of your choice if you have the signs of influenza (see A and B above) and you have recently traveled to Mexico or to a community with a confirmed case of Swine Influenza, or you have been exposed to a person with confirmed Swine Influenza, or live in a group (household, dormitory etc…) with a person who has confirmed Swine Influenza.

General Information

  • As part of California Department of Public Health’s (CDPH) efforts to provide updated information to Californians on what they can do to protect themselves and their families from the swine flu outbreak, CDPH has activated a toll-free H1N1 (swine flu) hotline in English and Spanish. Assistance in other languages is also available. The phone number is 1-888-865-0564 and the hotline is available Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on weekends from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Another toll-free California Department of Public Health H1N1 (swine flu) hotline #: 1-877-968-2473
  • The Tuolumne County Information Line is activated 24/7 (recorded message): (209) 533-6392
  • Our County Public Health information line, during normal business hours, M-F: (209) 533-7401
  • Tuolumne County Health Dept: http://www.tuolumnecounty.ca.gov under “Health Department”
  • Preparing for Pandemic Flu Brochure: http://bepreparedcalifornia.ca.gov/EPO/BeInformed/Flu/PandemicFlu/PandemicFluBrochureIZB.htm  
  • California Department of Public Health: http://www.cdph.ca.gov
  • California Department of Public Health: http://www.getimmunizedca.org
  • Centers for Disease Control: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/swine or 1-800-232-4636
  • American Red Cross: http://www.redcross.org regarding Flu Preparedness
  • Pandemic Flu information: http://www.pandemicflu.gov

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