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H1N1 Virus Update: A message to our USF Health PATIENTS

H1N1 Virus Update USF Health is actively monitoring the H1N1 virus in an effort to keep all of our patients and employees from contracting the illness. If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, please call your medical provider first to determine whether or not you should come into one of our healthcare facilities for treatment.

Children and young adults (aged 0-24 yrs.) are at an increased risk for getting sick from this Flu, but most cases have been mild. Individuals in one of the "special risk" groups including pregnancy, asthmatics, immune suppressed, chronic medical conditions, are at an increased risk for complications from the H1N1 illness and should contact their healthcare provider promptly if they develop flu-like symptoms.

Practicing and teaching your children good hygiene is the most important thing you can do to help prevent the spread of influenza. Wash your hands regularly, cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or sleeve, don't share personal items and get a flu shot every year.

USF Health clinics will be offering the "seasonal" flu shot (which does not protect against the H1N1 virus) beginning September 14, 2009, for all patients and employees. A special vaccine for the H1N1 virus will be available at a later date.

For up to date information on what USF Health is doing to combat the H1N1 virus, please call our hotline at (813) 844-FLU1.

Additional information about influenza, including the H1N1 flu is available at: http://www.flu.gov.

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- Q & A: Dr. John Sinnott on H1N1 (Swine) Flu