Swine flu: Information on the influenza A(H1N1)

24.11.2009

If you suspect you have contracted the swine flu, telephone your own health care centre as a first option, or telephone the health care unit of the FSHS health centre near you, and ask for instructions as to how to get help. NOTE! You should not visit the health care centre! This is because there is the danger of contagion.  

FSHS will start vaccinating students over the age of 25 early 2010. FSHS commence vaccinations against the A(H1N1) virus, also called the swine flu virus. A student can get a vaccination in his or her home town if the student so wishes. Read more on vaccinations

The severity of influenza A (H1N1) disease resembles more and more the seasonal influenza, and the majority of patients recover well without requiring any medical or hospital treatment. Influenza A (H1N1) is removed from the list of generally hazardous communicable diseases.

Patients outside the risk groups, who are experiencing only mild symptoms, do not usually need a diagnosis by a doctor or any medical treatment. They recover from the disease with approximately one week's rest at home. This applies also to travellers returning from abroad.

You can get answers to your questions about influenza A (H1N1) from the telephone information line 0800 02277, Monday through Friday from 12 to 18.

Flu symptoms

• Fever (38 ºC or more)
• Cough, sore throat and runny nose
• Body aches, headache, chills and tiredness

Prevent the spread of influenza

Influenza spreads easily from person to person through droplets coughed or sneezed into the air by people already infected with the virus. It’s also transmitted through hands, which can carry the infection.

Simple steps for reducing the risk for infection:

If not ill

• Wash your hands regularly with soap and water or use alcoholbased hand sanitizers or disposable towels.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Your hands may have picked up flu viruses from surfaces such as door handles.
• Avoid close contact with people who appear to be ill.

If ill

• When you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth with a disposable tissue. Bin the used tissues immediately.
• If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands.
• After you sneeze and blow your nose, wash your hands with soap and water or use alcoholbased hand sanitizers or disposable towels.
• Stay at home. Do not go to work or school or run errands. This helps prevent the spread of the virus.

Monitor your health and, if necessary, telephone your doctor. Home treatment is enough if you are otherwise healthy and have only mild symptoms.


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