H1N1, known as the Swine Flu, is a virulent strain of influenza that is causing serious illness and widespread panic in people worldwide. Similar to average, seasonal flu viruses, H1N1 spreads from person-to-person and is a respiratory disease caused by Type A influenza viruses. Like all influenza viruses, the swine flu virus changes constantly, making it imperative that people know how to protect themselves.
H1N1 is a mix of swine, human and avian influenza viruses and has been reported to be highly contagious. 2009 H1N1 Influenza: What You Need To Know explains that human-to-human transmission can occur when people infected with the virus cough or sneeze.
People may become infected by touching something with flu viruses on it and then touching their mouth or nose. People with H1N1 influenza virus infection should be considered potentially contagious as long as they are symptomatic -- possibly up to 7 days following illness onset. Young children might potentially be contagious for longer periods.
2009 H1N1 Influenza: What You Need To Know is a great tool to educate your employees on this potentially devastating illness.
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