Influenza A (H1N1), commonly known as Swine Flu, and Seasonal Flu

October 28, 2010:
Steele County Public Health additional Community Influenza Vaccination Clinics in Owatonna (11/6), Blooming Prairie (11/8), and Medford (11/15).

September 20, 2010, update:
Steele County Public Health offering Seasonal Flu Shot Clinics for adults in Medford (9/28), Ellendale (9/29), Owatonna (9/30), and Blooming Prairie (10/1).  Click Here or call 507-444-7650 for more information.

Steele County Public Health Nursing's website

Do I have the flu?

See your doctor if you have any health concerns.  You can also try the Flu Symptoms Self-Assessment at mayoclinic.com.

What can I do to protect myself from getting sick?

Prevention is best! There are actions that can help prevent the spread of germs that cause respiratory illnesses such as influenza. Take these everyday steps to protect your health.

  • First and most important: Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
  • Stay in good general health. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.
  • Try not touch surfaces that may be contaminated with the flu virus.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth as germs spread this way.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • If you get sick with influenza, CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.

Local Information

ECHO Minnesota video, audio, and print resources on health and safety topics (including Flu and H1N1) in eleven languages including Spanish and Somali

Minnesota Department of Health's main Influenza (Flu) page, and their Flu Shot Clinic locator pages for Seasonal Flu and H1N1 Flu.

Steele County Emergency Management Office

"H1N1 Influenza Frequently Asked Questions"
Article in the September 12, 2009, edition of the Owatonna People's Press by Jane Nyquist, health educator for Steele County Public Health

Links

PandemicFlu.gov

Center for Disease Control and Prevention's main H1N1 Flu page

World Health Organization

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