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Novel H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu) in Onondaga County

March 31, 2010

About Novel H1N1

Novel H1N1 flu (swine flu) is a new virus that is transmitted by person-to-person contact. H1N1 causes similar illness as seasonal flu. Most individuals with flu-like illness probably have H1N1, not seasonal flu. Therefore, we are no longer reporting the number of new H1N1 cases, and testing is being done on a limited basis for tracking purposes only.

How can I protect myself and others?
Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds. Wash especially after you cough or sneeze. You can also use an alcohol-based hand cleaner.
Be sure that you cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Sneeze into a tissue and then throw it away. If you do not have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your elbow.
Stay away from people who have symptoms of the flu until they are no longer sick.

If you are sick and have symptoms of the flu, stay home from school, work, and areas where a lot of people gather. Do NOT go to the emergency room or urgent care facility for mild illness. CALL your doctor if you have severe symptoms.

Get medical attention right away if you:
• Have difficulty breathing or chest pain
• Have purple or blue discoloration of your lips
• Are vomiting and unable to keep liquids down, or
• Show signs of dehydration, such as feeling dizzy when standing or being unable to urinate

For more information...

Click on the links below for a variety of resources, or call the Onondaga County Health Department at (315) 435-3280, Monday through Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.

General H1N1 Information

FREE printable resources from the CDC: Search by audience or topic

Frequently Asked Questions (pdf)
Spanish Checklist: Preparación Para Empresas en Una Pandemia de Gripe (pdf)

Frequently Asked Questions (pdf)
How to Prepare for Pandemic Flu (pdf)

Child Care Centers
Frequently Asked Questions (pdf)
How to Prepare for Pandemic Flu (pdf)

Community and Faith-Based Organizations
H1N1: A Guide for Community and Faith-Based Organizations

Frequently Asked Questions (pdf)
How to Prepare for Pandemic Flu (pdf)

Higher Education Institutions
Frequently Asked Questions (pdf)
How to Prepare for Pandemic Flu (pdf)

Individuals and Families
Frequently Asked Questions (pdf)
How Can I Protect Myself and My Family? (pdf)
¿Cómo puedo protegerme y proteger a mi familia? (pdf)
How to Prepare for Pandemic Flu (pdf)

Cancer Patients and Survivors
What Cancer Patients and Survivors Should Know About the Flu (CDC)

Pregnant Women
Frequently Asked Questions (pdf)


For additional information please visit:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
World Health Organization
New York State Department of Health

Onondaga County Pandemic Flu Community Planning Guide

Para información adicional:

CDC: H1N1 en Espanol
Flu.gov en Espanol

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