What you
need to
know about
swine flu

-- Courtesy of
Michelle Schimel

“While swine flu is a cause for concern, there is no reason to panic. Taking the necessary precautions and contacting health authorities if you believe you may have swine flu will go a long way toward mitigating its effects.”
-- Assemblywoman
Michelle Schimel

Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel
New York State is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to address possible cases of swine flu in New York. Swine flu is different from a seasonal flu, although some symptoms are similar, including fever, cough, sore throat, chills and fatigue.

Swine flu can be treated with antiviral drugs, so there is no need to panic.

If you have questions or concerns about swine flu, the state has set up a 24-hour toll-free hotline at 1-800-808-1987. New York City residents should call 311. Information can also be found on the Department of Health Web site, www.nyhealth.gov.

Up-to-date information regarding confirmed cases, travel warnings and alerts can be found at the CDC Web site, www.cdc.gov/swineflu.

Stopping the flu is up to you.

The flu is spread from person-to-person and, occasionally, by touching something with the virus on its surface. Precautionary measures for both seasonal flu and swine flu include:

Michelle Schimel
45 North Station Plaza, Suite 203
Great Neck, NY 11021
516-482-6966 schimelm@assembly.state.ny.us