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Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 Information


Since July 16th 2009, GPs are only prescribing antiviral medication on the basis of a range of clinical and other features, to certain categories of patients suspected of having Pandemic (H1N1) 2009. As most patients will have relatively mild symptoms, they will not need any antiviral medication and will recover by staying at home (to prevent spreading infection to others), drinking plenty of fluids and taking paracetamol regularly to relieve their symptoms.

This approach to managing the current influenza situation is being adopted in many countries that are experiencing increased cases of Pandemic (H1N1) 2009. It is important to remember that the vast majority of cases that have been seen so far are mild with many cases possibly unaware that they have been infected.  (HSE August 13th 2009)


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All this information is taken from the HSE website www.hse.ie