Travel Health and Safety with H1N1 Flu

The Swine Flu (H1N1) has surged again this season.  As Autumn and Winter travelers reach their destinations, it’s important to know the signs of the H1N1 Flu since the level of risk in various regions may sometimes be unknown.  We encourage you to rely on your doctor as your main source of care and advice on seasonal and H1N1 flu vaccinations and treatment.

What to Do If You Get Sick
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that if you get sick with flu-like symptoms, you should stay home and avoid contact with other people, except to get medical care.

Most people with 2009 H1N1 have been only mildly sick and have not needed medical care or antiviral drugs. The same is true for seasonal flu. If you get sick with flu, call your doctor for advice. If your doctor decides that you do need drug treatment, medicine will be most helpful when started within the first two days that symptoms begin to show.

Here are some tips from CDC on what to do if you’re sick:
1)  Know the signs. Flu symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headaches, chills, tiredness, diarrhea and vomiting.

2)  Know the emergency warning signs. Anyone who has one or more of the emergency warning signs below should get medical care right away.

3)  If you are not sure what to do if you or a family member is sick, contact your doctor. He or she will best be able to guide you.

Emergency Warning Signs of the Flu

Children

Adults

Fast breathing or trouble breathing

Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath

Bluish skin color

Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen

Not drinking enough fluids

Sudden dizziness

Not waking up or not interacting

Confusion

Being too irritable to be held

Severe or persistent vomiting

Symptoms get better but then return with
fever and a bad cough

 

Fever with a rash