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H1N1 (Swine) Flu concerns addressed by Tama County Health

May 6, 2009
Traer Star-Clipper

Tama County Health and Home Care assures residents the county has a plan in place to respond to any full-blown pandemic flu.

The public will be kept informed if there are any medications to be dispensed or other measures to take.

Do not be alarmed. This is a mild disease. Influenza is seen in Iowa routinely every year. It is important to be informed and take precautions so that it DOES NOT become serious. Your local doctor and public health department are good sources for more information. You may call our office at 641-484-4788 or toll free at 1-866-484-4788 with questions.

H1N1 (Swine) Flu

What it is

H1N1 (Swine Flu) is a respiratory disease that is highly contagious. This is a new strain of flu virus. It is causing mild disease at this time.

How it is spread

It is spread from human to human through coughing and sneezing by people that have the virus. People may also become infected by touching something with the flu virus on it and then touching their mouth eyes or nose.

How to prevent the spread

#Frequent hand washing with soap and water is the best. Hand sanitizers with 60% alcohol content may be used as an alternative.

#Cover cough or sneeze with your elbow or disposable tissue.

#Frequent use of disinfectant wipes on common surfaces (i.e. doorknobs, grocery carts)

#STAY HOME IF YOU ARE ILL WITH THE SYMPTOMS and avoid contact with other people

What are the symptoms?

Fever greater than 100, body aches, runny nose, sore throat, cough, headache, chills, fatigue, nausea, possibly vomiting and diarrhea

What to do if you have symptoms

#Do not panic

#Stay home

#Call your doctor and explain your illness. Your doctor will determine if you need to be tested or treated.




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