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Learn more about the H1N1 (swine) & Seasonal Flu
Learn more about the H1N1 (swine) & Seasonal Flu
September 2009

Preventing and Treating Influenza

H1N1 (swine) and Seasonal Flu

There are many similarities between H1N1 (swine) flu and the seasonal flu, including symptoms and the ways in which the disease may spread.

Symptoms of both H1N1 and seasonal flu include the following: fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headaches, chills and fatigue. Both types of flu can also cause diarrhea and/or vomiting, although these symptoms may be worse in people who have H1N1.

Both types of flu are also spread from person to person through coughing or sneezing by the infected person. They may also spread when an individual touches another individual with the flu virus and then touches his or her nose and/or mouth.

Different groups of people, however, are at increased risk of getting the H1N1 or flu virus and experiencing complications. Other groups of people are also at risk of coming into contact with either flu virus and spreading to at-risk people. Please see the grid below for more information.




H1N1 (swine)

People at increased risk

  • Over 65 years old
  • Under 5 years old
  • Pregnant women
  • Any age with certain chronic medical conditions
  • 6 months to 24 year olds
  • Pregnant women
  • 25-64 year olds with certain chronic medical conditions
  • Health care workers with direct patient contact
  • People who care for children under the age of 6 months

To learn more about the H1N1 and seasonal flu, including ways to prevent both forms of the flu, follow the links below:

Other resources for information:

CDC Says "Take 3" Steps To Fight The Flu (9/24/09) - These actions will protect against the new H1N1 too! This is a 2-sided flyer for use by members and employer groups.

"When to Call Your Doctor" video PSA - Dr. Doniger, Monroe County Health Dept.

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