Earlier this year, we received an email that said if we looked in the mirror and saw this cute little guy, it might be good idea to stay home from work. Dude, if we wake up looking like this, we may not have a job to go to anymore!
While the email was humorous, coming down with H1N1 flu and the looming pandemic are not. Please do what you can to limit the spread of flu here and avoid it yourself.
The Tuolumne County Health Department’s newsletter has some very good tips on how to do that this month. Here they are.
Pandemic H1N1 Influenza Update
Here at the Tuolumne County Health Department our Emergency Preparedness team is keeping a close eye on the current trends in H1N1 infection in our community as well as in our state, and throughout the United States.
The materials we receive are reviewed and passed on to local physicians and health care providers. The symptoms of novel H1N1 flu virus are similar to those of seasonal flu and include fever of 100 degrees or greater, cough, sore throat, and congestion. Pandemic influenzas like novel H1N1 tend to occur in waves where you will see a period of activity which then subsides, and returns again. Numerous waves will occur throughout the pandemic.
Across the United States we are seeing this illness often affecting younger people (ages 6 months to 24 years), pregnant women and those with underlying medical conditions.
What To Do At this point H1N1 has been relatively mild in our community with no patients requiring hospitalization. Most cases recover well at home with just rest and fluids.
Adults should seek medical care if they experience difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen, sudden dizziness, confusion, or severe or persistent vomiting. Children should be seen immediately if they have fast breathing or trouble breathing, bluish skin color, if they are not drinking enough liquids, 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, or having fever with a rash.
To prevent the spread of the flu:
- Cover your cough
- Keep the ill isolated at home
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze
- Use alcohol-based cleaners when soap and water are not available
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth
- Discourage people with symptoms of respiratory illness from entering your office or business
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