H1N1 Flu is a respiratory disease caused by a new strain of type A influenza virus that regularly causes outbreaks of influenza among pigs. Swine flu viruses do not normally infect humans; however, human infections with swine flu do occur. Public health officials have determined that this strain of Swine Flu virus spreads from human to human and can cause illness.
The symptoms of Swine Flu in people are similar to the symptoms of seasonal flu in humans and may include:
- Fever (greater than 100°F or 37.8°C)
- Sore throat
- Stuffy nose
- Headache and body aches
Preventing the Flu - How to Protect Yourself and Others
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
- Stay home from work, school and errands when you are sick. Keep sick children at home. You will help prevent others from catching the illness.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
- Washing your hands and the hands of your children often will help protect you from germs.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose or mouth.
- Practice other good health habits. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.