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H1N1 Information



Information about the Flu/ Swine Flu (H1N1)

What is the flu? The flu is similar to a cold, but a cold usually develops slowly, while the flu develops suddenly. You will also feel much worse if you have the flu. The swine flu, also known as H1N1, is a strain of flu that derived from a type of flu that pigs can contract. Both types of flu have the same symptoms.

Common flu symptoms include:

  • Fever over 100 F
  • Nasal congestion
  • Aching muscles
  • Chills and sweats
  • Headache
  • Cough and sore throat
  • Feeling tired or weak
  • Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea

What you can do to help stop the spread of the flu?

  • Get a flu shot
  • Stay home if you have a fever over 100F.
  • Wash your hands often.
  • Cover your mouth when coughing with a tissue. Place tissue in the trash.
  • Keep your hands away from your mouth, nose, and eyes.

If your child has fever over 100F, he or she should remain home from school for 24 hours after the fever is gone. Don’t forget, their temperature needs to be taken without any fever reducing medicine in their system.

It is not too late to get your flu shot. Flu shots for ages 5 and older are available at the Enumclaw Safeway Pharmacy 360-802-153. The Franciscan Medical Clinic (formerly Enumclaw Medical Center) 360-825-6511 also has flu shots available. The flu shot will cost around $30.00 cash with no insurance. Flu shots are often covered by insurance. This year’s flu vaccine also includes the H1N1 or swine flu. Additional information about the flu is available online at www.flu.gov. If you have questions feel free to call the district nurse at 360-802-7505.

There is more health related information on our website at http://www.enumclaw.wednet.edu/departments/health/default.aspx