Oct 29, 2009 5:26 PM by David Ortiviz

Questions about swine flu? Call a free hotline

As the H1N1 flu continues to spread in Southern Colorado, many people have questions about the illness. The state has a hotline set up to take questions.

Last month, the Pueblo City-County Health Department also started its own hotline to answer questions from people in Pueblo. Professional and student nurses are taking about 150 calls a day. They say most people want to know when they can get the vaccine and what to do if they're sick right now.

"If they do become ill, they need to know warning signs, reasons they would need to go to the ER or see their doctor and how to take care of themselves at home--plenty of fluids, rest and call their doctor if they are a high risk individual," said Michelle Scoggin, a nurse epidemiologist.

The number for the Pueblo Public Health Flu Hotline is 583-4440. It's staffed Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

All other Colorado residents with swine flu questions can call the Colorado Help Line at 1-877-462-2911.


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