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Influenza A (H1N1) advice for the public

This article is intended to give advice for people caring for someone with influenza A (H1N1) symptoms or themeselves have symptoms.
  • At present, the vast majority of people who fall ill can be cared for at home and recover without medical treatment.
  • People shoud be aware of signs of severe illness and not delay seeking medical attention in cases where someone experiences shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, or if a fever continues more than three days.
  • Anyone who becomes ill with a fever above 38C should seek medical attention.
  • Parents with a young child who is ill should get medical care if the child has fast or laboured breathing, continuing fever or convulsions (seizures), or is confused, unconscious or difficult to awaken.
  • People caring for someone who is sick should protect themselves and other with careful hygiene (hand washing, cough etiquette).
  • People should become informed, and stay informed as things change.
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All content in this article is provided for general information only, and should not be treated as a substitute for the medical advice of your own doctor or any other health care professional. Health Matters is not responsible or liable for any diagnosis made by a user based on the content of Health Matters website. Health Matters is not liable for the content of any external internet sites. Always consult your own GP if you are in any way concerned about your health.


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