The health department and the hospital systems remind everyone to practice proper hygiene by covering coughs, cleaning hands often and staying home when sick. All treatment services are still available to all patients. 
 
Symptoms of H1N1 flu include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people have reported diarrhea and vomiting as well. 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.

Patients’ recommendations:
Ask for a mask. Wear a mask if you have flu or cold symptoms, as a patient.
Wash your hands. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use hand sanitizer.
Cover your coughs and sneezes. Use a tissue or your upper sleeve.
 
Additional Information
Influenza information - health facts sheets, handouts and resources tools
 Centers of Disease Control (CDC)
 Winnebago County Health Department (WCHD)
 
Contacts:
Sue Fuller, Winnebago County Health Department, 815-720-4213
Jan Hagenlocher, SwedishAmerican Health System, 815-966-2066
Therese Michels, OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, 815-395-5446
Michael Wiltse, Rockford Health System, 815-971-2090