Monday, September 14, 2009

Swine Flu Prevention Tips


With flu season upon us, and the swine flu virus still threatening to make many people ill, it is more important than ever to remember some basic infection control tips to keep you and your family healthy this flu season.

One of the most basic things we can do to protect ourselves from the flu and other forms of illness to to wash out hands frequently with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze, as recommended by the CDC. If soap and water is not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizers. These can used anytime after you touch potentially contaminated surfaces.

Try to avoid touching your mouth, nose and eyes, since germs can easily enter the body though these passages. When you sneeze or cough, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue and immediately discard it. If you do not have a tissue, try sneezing or coughing into your arm, not your hand.

If possible try to avoid contact with sick people. If someone in your household is ill, make sure you sanitize dishes and other common items to prevent the bacteria from spreading to others.

Finally, remember to get your flu shots. Check with your doctor to see what flu vaccines are right for you and find out where they are available.

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