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Swine flu helpline numbers for those with concerns and questions

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If there is an outbreak in your local area it is important to stay calm,  be prepared and informed.

The Colorado Department of Health confirmed Thursday that Colorado has two confirmed cases of H1N1 influenza (swine flu). Colorado authorities are also awaiting confirmation on additional possible swine flu cases in Colorado. Denver (AP)

It is important to remember that most who contracted swine flu (H1N1) in the United States have had a mild case and recovered quickly.

The state of Colorado has set up a helpline for those with questions. The number for the Colorado Health Emergency Line for the Public (CoHELP) is 1-877-462-2911. You can also visit the CDPHE Web site at www.cdphe.state.co.us or the CDC Web site at www.cdc.gov/swineflu. You can also call the CDC at 800-CDC-INFO (4636).

You can talk to a Colorado Medical Society physician by calling 303-698-0999 from 4 to 6:30 p.m.

Being prepared
This is the time to make sure that you and your household are prepared for an emergency that might require you to stay at home for several days. Have at least a two-week supply of food, water and other supplies for use in a flu epidemic or other emergency.

Symptoms
Fever greater than 100°F, sore throat, cough, stuffy nose, chills, headache and body aches and fatigue.

People who are sick are asked to stay home from school or work.

What you can do to protect yourself from the swine flu

Information source: AP 

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