Flu Facts: Signs and symptoms
Sep 15, 2009
Editor's Note: Today's installment of Flu Facts marks the first in a series of weekly tips and information designed to keep you healthy this flu season. Check back every Wednesday for the latest information.
What is H1N1?
H1N1 influenza A, previously referred to as swine flu, was first detected in the United States in April 2009. The virus is spreading from person-to-person worldwide, probably in much the same way that regular seasonal influenza viruses spread.
What are the signs and symptoms of H1N1?
The symptoms of H1N1 flu virus are the same as the seasonal flu, including fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. A significant number of people who have been infected with this virus also have reported diarrhea and vomiting.
How does it spread?
Similar to the seasonal flu, H1N1 spreads through coughs or sneezes. Sometimes the virus is spread when people touch a contaminated surface or object -- such as a door handle.
How can I protect myself?
Wash your hands with antibacterial soap, use a tissue when you sneeze and throw it away, and don't share your drink glasses or food utensils with others.
More tips and information can be found on the Ohio University H1N1 site.
H1N1 Site: http://www.ohio.edu/h1n1/
Published: Sep 15, 2009 11:09 AM