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November 16, 2009

Safety Tip: H1N1 Flu Advice from the CDC

Simple actions can help prevent the spread of germs that cause respiratory illnesses like influenza. Here are some tips to protect yourself, and others:
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw away the tissue.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Stay home if you are sick. CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.
  • Be prepared in case you get sick and need to stay home for several days; a supply of over-the-counter medicines, alcohol-based hand rubs, tissues, facemasks and other related items might be useful and help avoid the need to make trips out in public while you are sick and contagious.
  • Follow public health advice regarding school closures, avoiding crowds and other social distancing measures.

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