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Published on December 02, 2009

H1N1 (Swine flu) Update

Updated December 2, 2009

H1N1 Vaccine Available at Overlake to Pregnant Women

Overlake continues to provide free H1N1 flu vaccinations to pregnant women who will deliver at the Overlake Childbirth Center. Expectant mothers should pre-register for their births at Overlake and they’ll be contacted by the hospital so their immunization appointment can be scheduled.

Due to limited supplies, we will not be vaccinating patients or the general public. If you would like to receive the H1N1 vaccine, please contact your health care provider. King County Public Health is also providing the H1N1 flu vaccine to some pharmacies for distribution. To see a list of participating pharmacies click here. You can also use this Flu Shot locator to find out where you and your loved ones can get vaccinated.

Important Notice to Overlake Visitors

If you have a cough, fever or flu-like symptoms, we ask that you do not come and visit someone who is a patient at Overlake. Please stay home until your symptoms are gone.

H1N1 Flu Information for Specific Groups

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has more information about H1N1 for specific groups of people. Click here for the latest updates


The H1N1 influenza is circulating widely throughout the U.S. Click here for answers to frequently asked questions about the flu, the vaccine symptoms and more.

Symptoms of H1N1

The symptoms of swine flu in people are fever, tiredness, lack of appetite and coughing. Some people with swine flu also have a runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Click here for more information to help determine if you have the flu and what you should do if you get sick

When Should You Go to the Emergency Department?

While many people will experience sore throats, light fever and fatigue do to colds and flu, some will also experience more severe symptoms and will need emergency medical treatment.

There are emergency warning signs. Anyone who has them should get medical care right away.

What Are the Emergency Warning Signs?

In children:

  • Fast breathing or trouble breathing.
  • Bluish skin color.
  • Not drinking enough fluids.
  • 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.
  • Fever with a rash.

In adults:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath.
  • Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen.
  • Sudden dizziness.
  • Confusion.
  • Severe or persistent vomiting.

Do I Need to go the Emergency Room if I Am Only a Little Sick?

No. The emergency room should be used for people who are very sick. You should not go to the emergency room if you are only mildly ill. If you have the emergency warning signs of flu sickness, you should go to the emergency room. If you get sick with flu symptoms and are at high risk of flu complications or you are concerned about your illness, call your health care provider for advice. If you go to the emergency room and you are not sick with the flu, you may catch it from people who do have it.

Taking Care of a Sick Person in Your Home

The main way that influenza viruses are thought to spread is from person to person in respiratory droplets of coughs and sneezes. This can happen when droplets from a cough or sneeze of an infected person are propelled through the air and deposited on the mouth or nose of people nearby. Influenza viruses may also be spread when a person touches respiratory droplets on another person or an object and then touches their own mouth or nose (or someone else’s mouth or nose) before washing their hands.

People with 2009 H1N1 flu who are cared for at home should:

  • Check with their health care provider about any special care they might need if they are pregnant or have a health condition such as diabetes, heart disease, asthma, or emphysema.
  • Check with their health care provider about whether they should take antiviral medications.
  • Keep away from others as much as possible. This is to keep from making others sick. Do not go to work or school while ill.
  • Stay home for at least 24 hours after fever is gone, except to seek medical care or for other necessities (fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine).
  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Drink clear fluids (such as water, broth, sports drinks, electrolyte beverages for infants) to keep from being dehydrated.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes. Wash hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.*
  • Wear a facemask – if available and tolerable – when sharing common spaces with other household members to help prevent spreading the virus to others. This is especially important if other household members are at high risk for complications from influenza. For more information, see the Interim Recommendations for Facemask and Respirator Use
  • Be watchful for emergency warning signs that might indicate you need to seek medical attention.

Click here for more information if you are the caregiver

About the Vaccine

The CDC has compiled extensive information about the two H1N1 vaccines that are being produced for the 2009-2010 flu season. Click here to read more about the vaccines and about vaccine safety.

Click here to watch a video about the process and importance of flu vaccines from the U. S. Department of Health & Human Services.

The information above was taken from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Web site at: People can also call the Centers for Disease Control hotline at 1-800-CDC-INFO (232) 4636. Additional information is also available from the Washington State Department of Health at, the Seattle King County Public Health Department (SKCPHD) Web site:, and the World Health Organization at