Saturday, April 25, 2009

How to Protect Yourself From the Swine Flu (Pig Flu)

According to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention, there is currently no vaccine to protect against the swine flu (pig flu).

However, they do recommend everyday actions that can help prevent the spread of germs that cause respiratory illnesses like influenza.

Take these everyday steps:
1. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you sneeze and cough. Promptly throw your tissue in the trash after use.
2. Wash your hands often (especially after sneezing or coughing), using soap and water. Alcohol based hand cleaners are also effective.
3. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Germs spread this way.
4. Avoid contact with sick people.
5. If you are sick, stay home and avoid contact with others to keep from spreading the illness.

This information comes from the Center of Disease Control and Prevention Website. They also offer a Question and Answer fact sheet and postcast which address common questions about the swine flu like:
1. What is the Swine Flu
2. Signs and Symptoms
3. How its Transmitted
3. Treatments
4. What to do if you feel you are sick
5. How to protect yourself from getting sick

and much more, so check it out!

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*Information on is for informational purposes only. Always seek medical advice from your physician. In cases of emergency, seek care from an emergency health care provider.