IS THE H1N1 FLU THE SAME AS THE SWINE FLU?
Yes, they are the same flu, just two different names.
I JUST GOT A SEASONAL FLU SHOT. DO I NEED A SECOND FOR H1N1? No, you can get vaccinated for H1N1 and the seasonal flu in the same shot.
SHOULD EVERYONE GET THE H1N1 VACCINE? While it is recommended that everyone gets the vaccine, experts say it is especially important for children six months to 24 years of age, for healthcare workers, pregnant women and adults with chronic health conditions. To be sure we recommend you contact a physician first.
DOES KLEENEX ANTI-VIRAL* TISSUES KILL THE CURRENT H1N1 VIRUS? Yes. Kleenex Anti-Viral Tissue kills 99.9% of cold and flu viruses* in the tissue within 15 minutes, including the pandemic 2009 H1N1 influenza A virus* (formerly called swine flu).
*In the tissue in 15 minutes. Virucidal against: Rhinoviruses Type 1A and 2 (Rhinoviruses are the leading cause of the common cold); Influenza A and Influenza B (causes of the flu); H1N1 (formerly called the swine flu); Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV - the leading cause of lower respiratory infection in children).
IM AFRAID OF NEEDLES. CAN I GET THE VACCINE ANOTHER WAY? Yes, it can be administered with a nose spray. Its painless and easy to take.
THE H1N1 VIRUS HAS BEEN CALLED A PANDEMIC. WHAT IS THAT? When an infectious disease spreads through populations over a large region, it is called a pandemic. This has been the case with the H1N1 flu, which is why you hear reports using this term.
HOW LONG IS A PERSON WITH H1N1 CONTAGIOUS? Those who have been diagnosed as having the H1N1 virus are considered potentially contagious as long as they have flu symptoms and possibly for up to seven days following the start of illness.
HOW IS THE H1N1 VIRUS SPREAD? Like the seasonal flu, the H1N1 flu usually spreads by contact with a person who has the H1N1 flu. The most common human-to- human spread is through coughing and sneezing. So use a tissue!
CAN YOU GET THE H1N1 FLU (SWINE FLU) FROM EATING PORK? No. Swine influenza viruses are not transmitted by food. You cannot get swine influenza from eating pork or pork products. Eating properly-handled and cooked pork and pork products is safe.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE BEST WAYS TO PROTECT MYSELF FROM THE H1N1 FLU VIRUS? The Center for Disease Control says the best ways are to get immunized, always cough or sneeze into a tissue, and wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 15 - 20 seconds, especially before eating, after using a restroom and after being outside.