What you
need to
know about

-- Courtesy of
Deputy Speaker Earlene Hooper

“While H1N1 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 H1N1 will go a long way toward mitigating its effects.”
-- Deputy Speaker Earlene Hooper

Assemblywoman Vanessa L. Gibson
New York State is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to address possible cases of H1N1 in New York. H1N1 is different from a seasonal flu, although some symptoms are similar, including fever, cough, sore throat, chills and fatigue.

H1N1 can be treated with antiviral drugs, so there is no need to panic.

If you have questions or concerns about H1N1, the state has set up a 24-hour toll-free hotline at 1-800-808-1987. The H1N1 vaccine is expected to be available in October.

Up-to-date information regarding H1N1, including travel warnings and alerts can be found at the CDC Web site, www.cdc.gov/H1N1 or the NYS Department of Health Web site, www.nyhealth.gov/diseases/communicable/influenza/h1n1/.

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 H1N1 include:

For more information about the H1N1 virus, contact my office.
Deputy Speaker Earlene Hooper
50 Clinton Street, Suite 214, Hempstead, NY 11550
516-489-6610 hoopere@assembly.state.ny.us