H1N1 (Swine) Flu 2009

h1n1Novel H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu) cases have been reported in 168 countries, all 50 states in the U.S. and the District of Columbia. Although H1N1 cases continue to be mild in Alameda County, we advise residents to remain vigilant and take necessary precautions to reduce the risk of getting H1N1 or other influenza.

What is Novel H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu)?

Novel H1N1 Flu (officially called Novel Influenza A H1N1 Virus) is a respiratory disease in pigs caused by type A flu viruses. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has found that this current strain of Swine Flu virus (H1N1) can infect humans, spread from human to human, and cause illness. At this time, it is not known how easily the virus spreads.

What can you do to protect yourself?

  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for 15-20 seconds, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners also work.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash or flush it down the toilet after you use it.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Stay home from work or school if you get sick with the flu.
  • Limit contact with others for 7 days or until you feel better (whichever is longer).
  • Stay informed. Get updated information from the CDC >>

What is Alameda County Public Health Doing about Novel Influenza A H1N1 Virus?

  • Activating county-wide systems to ensure that medical personnel can respond appropriately to cases identified.
  • Updating our website as soon as new information becomes available to make sure the public is informed.
  • Actively linking a variety of institutions and agencies such as schools, community based organizations, and community clinics to the most recent information.
  • Staying in constant, daily communication with local, state, and federal authorities to ensure a comprehensive, county-wide response to this health threat.
  • Mobilizing all Public Health Department staff to ensure residents are protected when cases are identified in Alameda County.
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