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H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu)

by Sreekumar B.A on 5/1/2009 | Comments | Viewed 2256 time(s) | Full Page View

As everyone should know the swine flu (2009 H1N1) has become a serious global issue.  While the large majority of cases are in Mexico and the rest of North America, the flu has begun to spread to other countries in the world.

In response to an intensifying outbreak in the United States and internationally caused by a new influenza virus of swine origin, the World Health Organization raised the worldwide pandemic alert level to Phase5 on April 29, 2009. A Phase 5 alert is a “strong signal that a pandemic is imminent and that the time to finalize the organization, communication, and implementation of the planned mitigation measures is short.”

Preventing the Flu: Good Health Habits Can Help Stop Germs

Healthy habits can protect everyone from getting germs or spreading germs at home, work, or school.

Avoid close contact.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.

Stay home when you are sick.

If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.

Cover your mouth and nose.

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.

Clean your hands.

Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.

Practice other good health habits.

Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.

Refer http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/  for more details