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Members of the public health community would like to extend our sympathies to the family for their loss. We are
all saddened to learn about this death.  

Symptoms of H1N1 flu include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people have reported diarrhea and vomiting as well. Mike Bacon clarified “that most people with 2009 H1N1 influenza
illness experience only mild symptoms”. Make decisions about when to seek medical care as you would under normal circumstances. It is not necessary to seek medical attention if you have mild symptoms for which you
would not ordinarily seek medical care.
            
If you do become more severely ill, and experience any of the following warning signs, seek medical care immediately:

For children, emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention include:

• Fast breathing or trouble breathing, • Bluish or gray skin color (call 911 immediately), • Not drinking enough
fluids, • Severe or persistent vomiting,• Not waking up or not interacting, • Being so irritable that the child does
not want to be held, • Flu-like symptoms improve but -then return with fever and worse cough,• Fever with a rash.


For adults, emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention include:
• Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, • Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen, • Sudden dizziness, • Confusion, • Severe or persistent vomiting, • Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough.

“We want to remind everyone, especially those with chronic medical conditions to take everyday preventive actions to avoid getting the flu. Those at risk for flu complications should consult their healthcare provider right away upon developing influenza-like illness (fever greater that 100°F and cough or sore throat),” added Mike Bacon.
 
People at increased risks for flu complications include:
*         Children younger than 5, but especially younger than 2 years old
*         People 65 and older
*         Pregnant women
*         People who have:
*         Cancer
*         Blood disorders (including sickle cell disease)
*         Chronic lung disease [including asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)]
*         Diabetes  
*         Heart disease  
*         Kidney disorders
*         Liver disorders
*         Neurological disorders (including nervous system, brain or spinal cord)
*         Neuromuscular disorders (including muscular dystrophy and multiple sclerosis)
*         Weakened immune systems (including people with AIDS)

Since April of 2009, Winnebago County Health Department reports 189 confirmed cases and 118 hospitalizations associated with H1N1. In Illinois there have been 1,371 hospitalizations and 48 deaths related to H1N1 influenza.

This is a difficult reminder to all of us that influenza can be a serious infection, especially to anyone with underlying medical conditions. We all can take actions to prevent contracting and spreading influenza. These actions include:
    
     Get your seasonal flu vaccination
     Get your 2009 H1N1 vaccination when available and,
     Follow the 3 C’s
  • Clean – properly wash your hands frequently
  • Cover – cover your cough and sneeze
  • Contain – contain your germs by staying home if you are sick
This Nation’s public health system continues to monitor for signs of increased virulence of H1N1 flu. To date, there has been no change in the virulence of the 2009 H1N1 virus. For more information on H1N1 influenza log onto the Winnebago County Health Department website at www.wchd.org, or the following sites:
  
Centers for Disease Control at: www.cdc.gov
Illinois Department of Public Health 
www.idph.state.il.us
Illinois Emergency Management Agency www.ready.illinois.gov
Health and Human Services at: 
www.flu.gov
 
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