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H1N1 or SWINE Flu

DIFFERENCES BETWEEN SEASONAL FLU AND H1N1:



-because the swine flu is relatively new, most people have not yet developed immunity, therefore it is easier to spread.
The extent and severity of an outbreak depends on the specific virus. So far, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services, the H1N1 virus is widespread but most cases are mild to moderate.
updated 03/04/10

 
PREVENTION:
 
-frequent hand washing
-"COUGH AND SNEEZE IN YOUR SLEEVE"
-avoid touching your eyes, mouth or nose with unwashed hands
-stay away from people who are sick
-get plenty of sleep, exercise regularly, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious foods.
 
SYMPTOMS:
 
-fever, usually greater than 102.5F
-cough and/or sore throat
-body aches, headache, fatigue, chills
 
THOSE AT GREATEST RISK
 
-children younger than 5 years old
-pregnant women
-those with chronic medical conditions
-those who are immuno-compromised
-the elderly
 
IS THERE A VACCINE:
 
-there is a vaccine.
 
WILL SCHOOLS CLOSE?
 
-the CDC has announced that they are no longer recommending that schools close. If the situation changes, parents, students, and teachers will be notified through the local news media, just as they do for weather closures.