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PHAC Preparation and Treatment for H1N1

This information is taken from the Public Health Agency of Canada's website Key Facts About H1N1.

Be Prepared

Make preparations to care for yourself and your loved ones. Make sure you have the following items on hand:

  • Pain and fever medication, like Tylenol or Advil, to treat fever and headaches
  • A thermometer
  • Extra supplies of any essential medication, like insulin for diabetics
  • Cleaning supplies, like household disinfectant
  • Soap and alcohol-based hand sanitizer to keep hands clean
  • Non perishable food, like canned soup and fruits and vegetables and liquids, like water and juice, in case you can’t get to the grocery store


If you get flu-like symptoms and are pregnant or have underlying health problems contact your healthcare provider.

If you get flu-like symptoms and are otherwise healthy, you should stay home to recover. If your symptoms worsen or you experience difficulty breathing or serious shortness of breath, it is important to seek medical attention.

Antivirals are drugs used for the early treatment of influenza. If taken shortly after getting sick (within 48 hours), they can reduce influenza symptoms, shorten the length of illness and potentially reduce the serious complications of influenza. Antivirals do not prevent you from getting sick.

Antivirals are recommended for the treatment of moderate to severe illness, and for people at risk of severe disease. Your doctor will decide if treatment is right for you.