You may be hearing about human infections with a variant influenza A H3N2 virus (H3N2v), sometimes referred to in the media as "swine flu" because the virus normally occurs in pigs. While there have been no reported human infections with H3N2v influenza in Virginia, there are steps that each of us should take to prevent the spread of flu, including H3N2v, and many other illnesses.
Take Action to Prevent Influenza Virus Spread Between People
- The risk of infection and spread of influenza viruses between people, including H3N2v, can be reduced by covering coughs and sneezes, washing hands frequently and properly, and staying home when sick.
- Get an annual flu vaccine.
- Learn more about preventing the spread of flu viruses between people and pigs.
If You Get Sick
- If you go to a doctor for flu symptoms following direct or close contact with swine, tell your doctor about this exposure.
- If you have flu symptoms, follow CDC’s regular recommendations for seeking treatment for influenza.