Staying at Home Safely with the FLU
These guidelines will be revised as the situation evolves.
The new type of influenza, H1N1 influenza (sometimes called swine flu) in humans can vary in severity from
mild to severe. So far in the United States and most countries, mild to moderate disease has occurred.
Almost all people in Texas with confirmed H1N1flu (swine flu) have had a fever (50% had a temperature
greater than 102.5°F) and cough; most have also had a sore throat. Almost everyone has stayed home and
recovered in a few days. Symptoms of H1N1 flu are expected to be similar to the symptoms of regular
human seasonal influenza (see below)
fever, very tired, cough, sore throat, headache, runny nose, lack
of appetite; some may have GI symptoms (nausea, diarrhea, vomiting)
Symptoms of influenza tend to be mild and usually last 3 to 4 days. In most cases H1N1 flu will resolve
without medical attention. Sometimes pneumonia, ear infection, or sinus infection may occur at the same
time as or after the flu. Some people have additional risks for developing severe complications with flu.
Most illnesses with congestion and mild fever are NOT caused by this new type of flu.