H1N1 Flu (swine flu) Information

H1N1 influenza (swine flu) virus infection has been identified in the Southeast Health District, which consists of 16 counties. This was expected as the H1N1 influenza virus has been spreading in the United States and many other countries since April.

The symptoms of H1N1 flu are often similar to regular seasonal flu and include fever, lethargy, lack of appetite and coughing. Some people with H1N1 flu also have reported runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. If you have any of these symptoms, please contact your local health care provider.

The Southeast Health District encourages residents to take the following precautions to help prevent the spread of any infectious disease: 

  • Wash your hands.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hands cleaners are also effective.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • If you get sick, stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way. 

This is a rapidly evolving situation and guidance should be considered interim and updated as necessary. The Southeast Health District and your county health department will provide new information as it becomes available.


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Waycross, GA 31501
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