Swine Flu News for New Hampshire Churches


Influenza A (H1N1) Virus of Swine Origins

New Hampshire:No probable case as of April 29, 2009, 2 PM
New England States:Two confirmed cases as of April 29, 2009, 2 PM
National Report:CDC at http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/investigation.htm

International Report:

WHO at http://www.who.int/csr/don/2009_04_24/en/index.html



Church Activity:


· For a copy of the 28 page booklet "Pandemic Influenza Planning for Parishes" (created for Episcopal parishes and the Avian Flu but applies for all houses of worship and the swine flu) go to: http://www.dioceseofeaston.org/Pandemic%20Influenza%20Planning%20for%20Parishes.pdf


New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services:


Human cases of an influenza A (H1N1) virus infection that has a swine component have been identified in the United States. Human cases of swine influenza A (H1N1) virus infection also have been identified internationally. An investigation and response effort surrounding the outbreak of swine flu is ongoing on the national level and here in New Hampshire. The symptoms of swine flu in people are similar to the symptoms of seasonal flu in humans and may include:

Fever (greater than 100°F)

Sore throat


Stuffy nose


Headache and body aches


Some of the people who have become ill with swine flu reported diarrhea and vomiting as well. Severe illness (pneumonia and respiratory failure) and deaths have been reported as well.

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is working very closely with all our State partners as well as with health officials in at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and officials in other states to monitor and respond to this outbreak of illness. The DHHS Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) is performing active surveillance for any potential cases.DHHS will keep the public updated with information as it becomes available because this is a constantly changing situation.

This illness is spread from person to person and there is no risk of contracting this flu virus by eating pork. There are, however, some basic precautions that everyone should be taking to prevent becoming ill or spreading illnesses, not just swine flu are:


DHHS Swine Flu line open during business hours for questions:

Public Inquiry Line
8:00AM-8:00 PM


Common questions from callers:

Pets: It does not appear that Influenza A (H1N1) Swine Flu puts our household pets at risk.


Vaccine: There is not a vaccine for Influenza A (H1N1) Swine Flu, however, its in development.



For further information go to

NH Dept. of Health & Human services at http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/DHHS/DHHS_SITE/swineflu.htm


There you will find additional resources, up-to-date information, and links to other sources of information.

o Fact Sheet

o FAQs

Press Release


Creative video on how to cough into your arm posted at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wju7F5ytk6M&feature=related


CDC at http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/

WHO at http://www.who.int/csr/disease/swineflu/en/index.html