Update on the 2009 H1N1 Flu Pandemic
What you need to know
It is important that this is read and understood by all EMS personnel in Ohio.
Read State EMS Medical Director
The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) is trying to reach many audiences with H1N1 information and have requested assistance in distributing their messages to the following audiences:
- Expectant mothers and young children.
- Health care and emergency medical services personnel.
- Household contacts or caregivers for children younger than 6 months old.
- Persons aged 25 through 64 who have health conditions associated with higher risk of medical complications from influenza.
Many questions remain about the pandemic H1N1 vaccine. The federal government and vaccine manufacturers are working to make the vaccine available as soon as possible. Read more about the importance of vaccination and the priority groups for H1N1 vaccine currently recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Remember to take other everyday actions to improve your chances of staying healthy this flu season. These include:
- Thorough and frequent hand washing or use of alcohol‐based hand sanitizers if soap and water are unavailable.
- Not touching your eyes, nose and mouth - germs are spread that way.
- Covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, or coughing or sneezing into your elbow.
- Staying home when sick and keeping sick children home from school and/or day care.
How do I know if I have the H1N1 virus? . Find out how to know the difference between the H1N1 virus, seasonal flu and common cold and when to seek medical care.
View a public service announcement urging Ohioans to get their seasonal flu shot and the H1N1 vaccine when it is available.