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Advice on H1N1 Flu
20, Jun 2009 - 13:16

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From the HSE's advice on Flu:

Flu - How to stay healthy
What are the symptoms of Influenza A(H1N1)?

The symptoms are like those of regular seasonal flu and include:
  • fever of sudden onset,
  • cough,
  • sore throat,
  • runny nose,
  • headache and
  • muscle aches.
Some people have vomiting and diarrhoea.

What should I do if I get sick?

If you get sick with a flu-like illness, and have recently visited an affected area or have been in contact with a known case of influenza A(H1N1), contact your GP/family doctor by telephone. They will decide if you need testing or treatment.

If you have symptoms of flu:        
  • Cover your Cough:
    • Cover your nose and mouth with disposable tissues when sneezing, coughing, wiping and blowing your nose
  • Bin your Tissues:
    • Dispose of used tissues in the nearest waste bin
  • Wash your Hands:
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water, and especially after coughing and sneezing. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
  • Keep the house clean:
    • Clean hard surfaces (e.g door handles) frequently using a normal cleaning product
  • Avoid contact with Flu:
    • Try to avoid close contact with sick people
  • Home is the best Hospital:
    • If you are sick with flu, stay at home to avoid spreading infection to others. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth


Read or Download an Information and Medical Advice Leaflet on Influenza A(H1N1).


Read more Questions and Answers on Influenza A(H1N1).

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