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How to Prevent А/Н1N1 Flu

03.11.2009 13:16

Information about А/Н1N1 flu

Clinical characteristics of А/H1N1 flu:
pain in muscles
sore throat
cold, stuffing nose
in some cases - emesis.

How to protect yourself and others
•Wash hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, or use hand sanitizer.
•Keep your hands away from your face.
•Cough and sneeze into your arm, not your hand. If you use a tissue, dispose of it as soon as possible and wash your hands.
•Get immunized.
•Keep common surface areas—for example, doorknobs, light switches, telephones and keyboards—clean and disinfected.
•Eat healthy foods (especially onion and garlic) and stay physically active to keep your immune system strong.
•Keep doing what you normally do, but if you get sick, stay home.
•Talk to a health professional if you experience severe flu-like symptoms.
Talk to your doctor if you are at risk for complications and you experience even mild flu symptoms.
People at risk are
•Children under five years
•Women who are pregnant
•People with chronic conditions such as heart or kidney disease, diabetes, asthma and chronic lung disease, suppressed immune systems, neurological disorders, liver disease, blood disorders and severe obesity.

It's important that people continue their daily lives during the pandemic. Health Services don't recommend that anyone avoid going to work or community social events if they are healthy. In other crowded situations that cannot be avoided, extra precautions should be taken such as frequent handwashing, to avoid picking up the virus. Pregnant women or others who are at risk for complications might consider carrying hand sanitizer for the same purpose.