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H1N1 Influenza health guidance

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Below are some frequently asked questions about the H1N1 Flu Outbreak.

What are the signs of H1N1 Influenza?
-- High fever greater than 100.5F
-- Coughing and/or sneezing
-- Sore throat
-- Vomiting and diarrhea
-- Breathing difficulties

How can I protect myself from H1N1 Influenza? 
-- Wash hands with soap and water often and use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. 
-- Avoid close contact with people who are coughing and sneezing. 
-- Cough or sneeze into a tissue or inside your arm.
-- Practice good health habits: get adequate sleep, eat nutritious food and stay physically active.

What do I do if I think I have the illness? 
-- Active duty: Seek medical advice with your primary care team if you have flu symptoms. 
-- Dependents: If possible, remain home, avoid social gatherings and unnecessary contact with people. 
-- Tell the medical provider if you have had contact with a sick person or have traveled recently. 
-- Follow the instructions from your medical provider. 
-- Inform your supervisor, family and friends of your health status.

How do I care for an ill person at home? 
-- Separate the ill person at least three feet from others or preferably place in an isolated room. 
-- Follow supportive care instructions from the medical provider. 
-- Keep the home clean by using household cleaning agents. 
-- Wash hands regularly with soap and water.

Continue to monitor the media for the latest updates and travel advice. The Buckley Public Health Office continues to closely monitor the situation through active surveillance with the Department of Defense, local and state health departments.

More information can be found at www.cdphe.state.co.us; www.cdc.govwww.who.int/en/  or by calling the State Public Health hotline at 1-877-518-5608.
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