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2009 H1N1 is a new influenza virus causing illness in people. This new virus was first detected in people in the United States in April 2009. This virus is spreading from person-to-person worldwide, probably in much the same way that regular seasonal influenza viruses spread.
Spread of 2009 H1N1 virus is thought to occur in the same way that seasonal flu spreads. Flu viruses are spread mainly from person to person through coughing or sneezing by people with influenza. Sometimes people may become infected by touching something – such as a surface or object – with flu viruses on it and then touching their mouth or nose.
The symptoms of H1N1 are similar to the symptoms of regular seasonal flu and include fever, cough, sore throat, rhinnorhea (runny nose), nasal congestion, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people have reported diarrhea and vomiting along with respiratory symptoms. Like seasonal flu, H1N1 may be more severe in those who have chronic medical conditions.
Linn County Public Health – Fact sheets for the public, the elderly, businesses and schools and here is the H1N1 Vaccine Dispensing Plan
Johnson County Public Health – Facts, tips & posters
Black Hawk County Public Health – Information for the public and medical professionals
Dubuque County Public Health – Tips on how to protect yourself
Centers for Disease Control – A wealth of information on H1N1, recent new updates and new cases
Flu Tracker – Flu activity and surveillance in the United States