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Information Regarding the New Influenza

Information Regarding the New Influenza

1. Taking care against the new flu strain
2. Telephone consultation
3. Links

1. Taking care against the new flu strain

(1) A new strain of flu has spread all over the country. Stopping further infection depends on individual prefectural residents’ efforts to prevent the catching or spreading of the virus.
○ Avoid catching the virus
-Avoid crowds when outside the home and be sure to gargle and wash your hands when you return.
-Get plenty of sleep and take care of your body with good nutrition.
-Preserve a proper temperature and humidity level while indoors.
○ Avoid spreading the virus
-People who show symptoms, such as fever, cough, or sneezing, should wear a surgical mask and observe coughing etiquette. These people should also avoid going out as much as they can.

(2) Preventing the sickness from getting worse
This outbreak of a new-type flu virus is said to be especially dangerous to pregnant women, people with underlying illnesses, young children, and the elderly. These people should consult with their doctor. Otherwise healthy people should immediately visit a medical facility in the event of the following symptoms:

-Accelerated or labored breathing
-Pallid or ashen complexion
-Prolonged vomiting or diarrhea
-Restless; won’t play
-Slowed reactions, no response to being addressed, disoriented acts or words
-Prolonged or worsened symptoms
-Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
-Prolonged chest pain
-Prolonged vomiting or diarrhea
-Fever that lasts 3 days or longer
-Prolonged or worsened symptoms

(3) Getting examined at a general health care facility
Patients who suspect they have the new strain of flu and who have symptoms like fever, throat pains, and cough may check into general health care facilities.
1. Be sure to call before seeing your doctor or going to a general health care facility. Do not go directly. Avoid calling at night or in the early morning unless there is an emergency.
2. Arrive at your appointment according to the time and date specified by the health care facility. Accurate results may not be available from tests done within 12 hours of the onset of fever.
3. Take care not to spread the virus to others when you visit. Wear a mask and observe proper coughing etiquette.

(4) Vaccine
Many people infected with this new flu virus have recovered with only light symptoms, and antiviral drugs (Tamiflu and Relenza) have been effective. However, there is the likelihood that those with underlying health problems (such as asthma or diabetes) and pregnant women may face serious complications. While the vaccine may prevent serious symptoms in most people, it is no guarantee against infection. There have been cases of symptoms like fever emerging in the recently inoculated, and while rare, there is the risk of the vaccine eliciting serious symptoms. The decision to be vaccinated should be made on an individual basis and upon consideration of the risks and merits.

Medical facilities that offer the vaccine are listed on the Kyoto Prefectural homepage (in Japanese). You may also refer to the Kyoto Kenko Iryo Yorozu Netto to find facilities. (http://www.mfis.pref.kyoto.lg.jp/(External link))

2. Telephone consultation

(1) Telephone consultation in Japanese
Telephone consultation in regards to the new-type flu is available at the Kyoto Prefectural New-Type Flu Information Center (Japanese only; weekdays 8:30 – 17:15)
TEL: 075-414-5400
FAX: 075-414-5922
Search for medical facilities at the Kyoto Kenko Iryo Yorozu Netto website. (http://www.mfis.pref.kyoto.lg.jp/(External link))

(2) Telephone consultation for non-Japanese
The Kyoto Prefectural International Center offers consultation services for international prefectural residents as well as tourists from abroad in regards to the new flu.
1. Consultation telephone number: 075-342-0088
2. The International Center can offer information regarding preventing the spread of the virus, symptoms, and the location of nearby medical facilities.
3. Languages and Times:
English Every day (10:00-17:00)
*The International Center is closed every 2nd and 4th Tuesday
Spanish Wednesday (13:00-17:00)
Portuguese Thursday (13:00-17:00)
Chinese Friday (13:00-17:00)
Korean Saturday (13:00-17:00)

3. Links

Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (English link)
(External link)
Kyoto City (links to English, Chinese, Korean, and Spanish sites)
(External link)