Swine Flu Precautions
What can I do to protect myself from getting sick?
There is no vaccine available right now to protect against swine flu.
There are everyday actions that can help prevent the spread of germs
which cause respiratory illnesses like influenza. Take these everyday
steps to protect your health:
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or
sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you
cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
- Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
- If you get sick with influenza, the Center for Disease Control recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from
infecting them. If you have a sore throat, coughing/sneezing, fever,
(i.e., if you are sick), stay home!
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Last Reviewed: September 16, 2009