Influenza A H1N1

At Risk of Contracting H1N1? Protect Yourself and Your Loved Ones

To help keep yourself flu-free, you should know if you are at higher risk of developing complications from Influenza A (H1N1).

High-risk groups are individuals who are:

  • Pregnant
  • Undergoing cancer treatment
  • On dialysis

Other high-risk groups include:

  • Children below five years old
  • Adults aged 65 or older
  • Those with underlying medical conditions like asthma, chronic lung disease, heart disease, diabetes, renal disease and those on long-term aspirin therapy

Related: Influenza A (H1N1) (Children)

Consider Wearing a Mask

Wear a surgical mask and get regular vaccinations

If you are in one of the high-risk groups above, you may want to consider wearing a mask when you go out.

However, keep in mind that masks should be changed regularly to be effective as they generally provide limited time protection. They should be replaced every eight hours, when they are moist or if you sneeze or cough into them.

If you decide to wear a mask on your way to see your doctor, remember not to take your mask off, on your way home.

Set High Standards of Personal Hygiene for Yourself

Asian woman pumping hand sanitizer into her hand to disinfect hands

Wash your hands frequently. It is important to wash your hands with both soap and water to get rid of any germs that may be lingering around. If soap and water are unavailable, alcohol-based hand sanitisers are a good alternative.

Related: Fight Flu — Because Sharing Isn't Caring

If You Feel Unwell, Do Not Self-medicate

Asian woman feeling unwell and self-medicating her self at home

If you are in one of the groups above and if you have flu-like symptoms, do not self-medicate. You should see your regular specialist immediately or see a doctor at your nearest pandemic preparedness clinic (PPC) or polyclinic.

Related: Know How to Fight Flu

If Your Symptoms Worsen, You Should Call 995 Immediately

A nurse answering the phone at a hospital


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