It is important to stay informed about H1N1 and keep up-to-date by listening to radio and television, and reading news stories. Sign up for email alerts.
The symptoms of H1N1 flu are similar to the seasonal flu and include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue.
Simple steps you can take to protect your health are:
- Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.
- Wash hands often with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs easily spread this way.
- Avoid close contact with sick people.
- Stay home from school or work if you are sick.
Learn about the H1N1 vaccine, ways to get it, and priority groups for vaccination.
- H1N1 Fact Sheet (including Taking Care of Someone Sick)
- What Pregnant Women Should Know About H1N1
- What Adults with HIV Should Know About H1N1
- CDC Says "Take 3" Steps to Fight the Flu
- Seasonal and Novel H1N1 Flu: A Guide for Parents
- People with Certain Medical Conditions
- ...All Fact Sheets
As you plan, it is important to think about the challenges that you might face, particularly if a pandemic is severe. Think about what you would do if schools are closed for an extended period of time, if you are unable to work, or if services such as those provided by hospitals, banks, restaurants, and post offices are disrupted. It may take time to find the answers to these challenges. Below are checklists and fill-in sheets to help guide your planning and preparation.
- Pandemic Flu Planning Checklist
- Family Emergency Health Information Sheet
- Emergency Contact Form