H1N1 (Swine Flu) Resource

The Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention(CDC) continues to confirm a growing number of cases of H1N1 Flu (swine flu) in human adults and children living in several U.S. states. These cases are cause for concern, but there is no cause for alarm. The American Lung Association has been helping America respond to lung disease for more than 100 years. We are closely following this rapidly developing issue and have assembled proven advice and resources to help learn how to protect yourself and your loved ones, prevent spread of the infection, and know what to do if you or a loved one gets sick.

Protect yourself

There are simple things you can do to protect yourself and help stop the spread of H1N1 Flu. The most important thing you can do is practice good cold/flu hygiene. Washing your hands often and covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze are two of the simplest and most effective ways to stop the spread of the flu. Learn more.

If you get sick

If you get mild flu symptoms, stay home to heal more quickly and prevent spread to others. If you get more severe flu symptoms, contact a health care provider. If you get flu symptoms and have had contact with someone who has recently arrived from Mexico, contact a health care provider.

Find More Information on H1N1 and the H1N1 Vaccine in Your Community

Go to www.flu.gov for a user-friendly, one-stop website for all the latest information about the flu and the new H1N1 flu virus. Flu.gov is provided by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

More Information and Resources

Protecting Yourself from H1N1 Flu
H1N1 flu (swine flu) is a respiratory illness. The steps you take to help protect yourself, and prevent its spread are the same steps you would take to prevent the spread of regular seasonal flu and other respiratory illnesses:

  • 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 hand cleaners are also effective.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • 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.

It’s important to wash your hand in a way that will best protect you from germs. Wash your hands, using soap and warm water. Wash thoroughly for 15 to 20 seconds. One effective way to know you’ve washed long enough—and an easy technique to teach children—is to sing “Happy Birthday” twice in your head while washing. When soap and water are not available, alcohol-based disposable hand wipes or gel sanitizers may be used. You can find them in most supermarkets and drugstores. If using gel, rub your hands until the gel is dry. The gel doesn't need water to work; the alcohol in it kills the germs on your hands. For more visit Good Flu Health Habits.