Novel Influenza A (H1N1) and You

On June 11, 2009, the World Health Organization (WHO) raised the pandemic alert to Phase 6, the highest level, for this new virus of Swine origin. This was a reflection of the worldwide spread of the H1N1 virus, not its intensity. Our hospital will continue to care for patients, as we always do, adhering to the highest standards of infection control practices, including keeping up with the latest recommendations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Florida Department of Health.

There are currently H1N1 Swine Flu cases circulating in Florida. In late June and early July over 90% of the specimens tested for influenza at the Bureau of Laboratories have been positive for H1N1 (Swine) Influenza. At this point in time it can be assumed that a person with influenza-like illness has the H1N1 strain, without conducting laboratory testing.

A key to preventing flu transmission is wash your hands.

Visit the Clean Hands are Cool Hands site for more information on washing your hands.

For the latest information on the H1N1 Flu, please visit the CDC website or call the Florida Flu Information Line at (877) 352-3581.