H1N1 Flu: Facts for families of school-age children from Nashville Metro Health Department

What is “H1N1 Flu”?
A type of influenza virus that can spread from people who are infected to others through coughs and sneezes.

What are the symptoms of H1N1 Flu?
Common symptoms include fever and cough or sore throat. Other symptoms can include runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, fatigue and in some persons, diarrhea and vomiting.

What should I do if someone in my family has flu-like symptoms?
Anyone with flu symptoms of fever and cough or sore throat should stay at home until after being fever free for 24 hours. Make the decision to see a health care provider as you would during a typical flu season. Do not seek medical care if you are not ill or have mild symptoms for which you would not ordinarily seek medical care. If you feel sick enough to see a doctor, call your health care provider in advance.

How do I protect my children from infection?
Teach children to:
Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. If soap and water are not nearby, use an alcohol-based hand cleaner.
Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or the crook of your elbow when you cough or sneeze. Try not to touch your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs often spread this way.
Stay away from people who are sick.

Where can I find more information?

Visit the Metro Public Health Department’s website for information and updates about H1N1 Flu or call the Health Department at (615) 340-7775.

Go here to view Elmo’s H1N1 Public Service Announcement For Children

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