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What is H1N1?
Novel Influenza A H1N1 (commonly referred to as “swine flu”) is a new influenza virus causing illness in people. This new virus was first detected in people in the US in April, 2009. Individuals throughout the state, country, and world have tested positive for this new strain. This virus is spreading from person-to-person in much the same way that regular seasonal influenza viruses spreads. That is probably the important thing to remember -- that while novel (meaning, we haven’t experienced it before and therefore haven’t built up immunity to it), this is showing to be very similar to a regular flu season.

See links for updated national and world news on H1N1.

What are the symptoms of H1N1?
H1N1 is very similar to seasonal influenza. Individuals can experience:

  • fever
  • cough
  • body aches
  • headache
  • chills
  • fatigue

Should I see a doctor?
Individuals are being counseled to see a doctor only if they experience severe symptoms. In most cases, individuals recover fully in a few days with bed rest and over-the-counter medications.

What is the best way to prevent the spread of the disease?

  • stay home when you are sick
  • keep sick kids home
  • wash hands regularly
  • cover mouth with tissue, sleeve or elbow when cough (don’t use your hands!)

How can I help to protect myself and my family?

  • wash hands regularly
  • use an alcohol-based hand gel as per package directions
  • avoid those who are sick
  • stay in good general health
    • get plenty of rest
    • be physically active
    • manage stress
    • drink plenty of fluids, especially water
    • eat nutritious foods
    • avoid touching face/mouth
  • avoid sharing water bottles, etc.
  • develop an emergency family plan and kit
    • how will you take care of children/family members?
    • do you have supplies/medications on hand?


General informational brochure, 8.5 by 11 format

General informational brochure, tri-fold format

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Related Links

General Information about 2009 H1N1 Flu

Be Ready Utah

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

Pandemic Preparedness Checklists

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Utah Department of Health information

2009 H1N1 Flu and You