H1N1 - What to do

H1N1 Flu: What You Need to Know

What is H1N1 flu?

H1N1 flu (“swine flu”) is caused by a virus similar to regular (seasonal) flu. The illness can cause fever, cough, sore throat, tiredness, aches, chills and stuffy nose. H1N1 flu spreads when a sick person coughs or sneezes. You can also get infected by touching something with flu viruses on it and then touching your own mouth or nose.

How can I protect myself and others from H1N1 flu?

What should I do if I develop flu-like symptoms, such as fever and cough?

When do I need medicine for the flu?

Most people recover without medication, but some people are more likely to get severely ill with the flu. Those at risk include everyone over 65, under 2 or pregnant, and anyone with other long-term health problems, such as asthma or diabetes.

When should I go to the emergency room or hospital?

You don’t need to go the hospital or emergency room unless you have severe symptoms. Severe symptoms include:

Should I send my children to school?

For more information: Visit www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/cd/cd-h1n1flu.shtml