The Public Health Agency advises Canadians to:
1. Wash hands thoroughly with soap and warm water, or use hand sanitizer regularly
2. Cough and sneeze in your arm or sleeve
3. Keep common areas clean and disinfected
4. Keep doing what you normally do, but stay home if sick
5. Talk to a health professional if you experience severe flu-like symptoms
If you are concerned that you may be infected with the H1N1 flu, contact MDHomeCall and we can arrange to have a doctor come to assess you the same day. For moderate to severe symptoms, the medications of choice for the H1N1 flu are either Tamiflu (oseltamivir ) or Relenza (zanamivir) and should ideally be started within 48 hours of the onset of symptoms.
What are symptoms of the flu?
Cough and fever, sore throat, runny nose, body aches, chills, fatigue and loss of appetite. Some people with the H1N1 flu have also had diarrhea and stomach upset with the above symptoms.