You have been given a disposable respirator listed below to wear to help reduce your exposure to airborne germs during a public health emergency. Reducing your exposure to airborne germs may reduce your risk of getting infected with flu. You can decide whether or not to use this respirator. If you are given the respirator at work, also talk to your employer.
Whether or not you use a respirator, always follow infection control measures: wash hands, cover coughs and sneezes, stay home if you may be sick. For more on infection control, see www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/habits.htm.
What is H1N1 Influenza Virus (Swine Flu)?
Swine flu is a respiratory disease of pigs caused by influenza viruses that causes regular outbreaks in pigs. People do not normally get swine flu, but human infections can and do happen. Swine flu viruses have been reported to spread from person-to-person. In people, symptoms of swine flu are similar to the symptoms of regular human flu. These include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills, and fatigue. Some people have reported diarrhea and vomiting; others have experienced severe illness (for example, pneumonia) and death.
Are there disposable respirators that are cleared by FDA?
FDA has cleared four models of respirators for use by the general public to help reduce wearer exposure to airborne germs during a public health medical emergency, such as a flu pandemic: 3M Respirator Models 8612F and 8670F, and Pasture Pharma Respirator Models F550G and A520G.
These respirators that are FDA-cleared for public health emergency use have been tested and shown to achieve a satisfactory fit in most adults. These may be bought without a prescription. These FDA cleared respirators may not be available in your area. In addition, there are some models of respirators that are cleared by FDA for use in certain workplace settings.