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2009 H1N1Toolkit

2009 H1N1 Influenza A Virus Toolkit



Swine flu is an infection caused by a virus. It's named for a virus that pigs can get. People do not normally get swine flu, but human infections can and do happen. In 2009 a strain of swine flu called H1N1 infected many people around the world.

The virus is contagious and can spread from human to human. Symptoms of swine flu in people are similar to the symptoms of regular human flu and include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue.
There are antiviral medicines you can take to prevent or treat swine flu. There is a vaccine available to protect against swine flu. You can help prevent the spread of germs that cause respiratory illnesses like influenza by
  • Covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Washing your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. You can also use alcohol-based hand cleaners.
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Trying to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Staying home from work or school if you are sick.

    Source: MedlinePlus


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Regulations & Guidelines                     


Information on Swine H1N1 Flu Clinical and Public Health GuidanceInfluenza/Variant Influenza Viruses

Mayo Clinic

H1N1 (originally referred to as Swine Flu)


H1N1 influenza (Swine flu)

 Delaware Preventing H1N1 Influenza Transmission in Dental Health Care Settings
 CDC H1N1 Flu Clinical and Public Health Guidance
 EPA Guidance for Testing and Labeling Claims against Pandemic 2009 H1N1 Influenza A Virus (Formerly called Swine Flu )
 NIOSH Occupational Health Issues Associated with H1N1 Influenza Virus (Swine Flu)

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Best Practices                  
Key Learnings
Limited, non-sustained human-to-human transmission of some variant viruses has been reported. While limited data are available, the risk of human-to-human transmission is thought to be low. However, it is assumed that variant viruses may be transmitted from person-to-person. Therefore, in health care settings, infection control recommendations are the same as for seasonal influenza, including standard and droplet (i.e., health care provider wears a facemask) precautions. For aerosol-generating procedures, a fit-tested N95 respirator or equivalent should be used.    Source: CDC
Related Articles

(1) Transmission of Avian Influenza A Viruses Between Animals and People

(2) H1N1 2009 Pandemic Influenza

(3) Respiratory Protection for Healthcare Workers in the Workplace Against Novel H1N1 Influenza A: A Letter Report 

(4) Study Finds Inadequate Mask Use Among Healthcare Workers Early in 2009 H1N1 Outbreak

(5) Swine-origin H1N1 influenza A virus and dental practice: a critical review


(1) WHO - Pandemic H1N1 (2009) Outbreak

(2) H1N1 (originally referred to as Swine Flu)

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Instructional Resources                  
Fact Sheets

(1) Respiratory Hygiene/Cough Etiquette in Healthcare Settings

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Patient Resources               



Colds and the Flu | H1N1 Influenza

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