What to do
when you have

– Courtesy of Assemblyman Bill Magnarelli

If a health care provider has determined that you or a loved one has H1N1, safe home care can speed up the recovery. While H1N1 flu is different from seasonal flu, some symptoms are similar, such as fever, cough, sore throat, chills and fatigue. Severity can vary from mild to severe.
Feel better faster

People with H1N1 flu who are cared for at home should:

Prevent the flu from spreading

H1N1 is spread from person to person and, occasionally, by touching something with the virus on its surface.

H1N1 warning signs that need urgent medical attention:

In children:
  • Fast breathing or trouble breathing

  • Bluish or gray skin color

  • Not drinking enough fluids

  • Severe or persistent vomiting

  • Not waking up or not interacting

  • Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held

  • Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough

In adults:
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath

  • Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen

  • Sudden dizziness

  • Confusion

  • Severe or persistent vomiting

  • Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough


Even if these exact symptoms don’t occur, use your judgment and go to the emergency room if you or the one you’re caring for gets very sick.

Call the state’s 24-hour, toll-free hotline at 1-800-808-1987 with questions or concerns. New York City residents should call 311.

“While H1N1 is a cause for concern, there is no reason to panic. Those infected should follow their health care provider’s advice and be careful not to spread the illness to others.”

Assemblyman Bill Magnarelli
Bill Magnarelli

333 East Washington St., Rm 840
Syracuse, NY 13202
(315) 428-9651