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What can I do to protect myself from getting sick?

There is no vaccine available right now to protect against 2009 H1N1 virus.  However, a 2009 H1N1 vaccine is currently in production and may be ready for the public in the fall. As always, a vaccine will be available to protect against seasonal influenza.

Get a pneumonia shot to prevent secondary infection if you are over the age of 65 or have a chronic illness such as diabetes or asthma. For specific guidelines, talk to your health care provider or call the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Hotline at 1-800-232-4636.

Take these everyday steps to protect your health:

Follow the same actions that you take to prevent any flu—stay healthy yourself and avoid the germs and viruses spread by people who are sick with the flu.

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Put used tissues in a wastebasket.
  • Cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve if you don't have a tissue.
  • Clean your hands after coughing or sneezing. Use soap and water or an alcohol-based hand cleaner.
  • Stay at home if you are sick.
  • Eat a balanced diet. Be sure to eat a variety of foods, including plenty of vegetables, fruits, and whole grain products. Also include low-fat dairy products, lean meats, poultry, fish, and beans. Drink lots of water and go easy on salt, sugar, alcohol, and saturated fat.
  • Exercise on a regular basis and get plenty of rest.

Other important actions that you can take are:

  • Follow public health advice regarding school closures, avoiding crowds and other social distancing measures.
  • Be prepared in case you get sick and need to stay home for a week or so; a supply of over-the-counter medicines, alcohol-based hand sanitizers, tissues and other related items might could be useful and help avoid the need to make trips out in public while you are sick and contagious

 

H1N1 Virus (Swine Flu) and You
(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu): Resources for Child Care Programs, Schools, Colleges, and Universities
(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Influenza A(H1N1): Special Information
(World Health Organization)

flula.com
(Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals)

Flu.gov - Know What to Do About the Flu                               (One-stop access to U.S. Government H1N1, avian and pandemic flu information.)

 

 

 

                          

 

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