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Posters on preventing swine flu are now available on-line at www.cc-info.net in PDF format.
There is no vaccine currently available for this strain of flu. However, there are some simple measures to take which can prevent it. Cough or sneezes spread flu virus into the air, and then onto surfaces.
Cover your mouth & nose every time you cough or sneeze. Use your arm not your hand.
Observe regular cleaning habits at work and at home-Pay close attention to door knobs, faucets, refrigerator handles, phones, computer keyboards, and office equipment.
Visit the US Dept. of Health and Human Services website for information
Every time you use a tissue, throw it in the trash and wash your hands.
Remember not to share anything that goes into the mouth.
Wash your hands often and well. Use soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Avoid contact with people who are sick. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
Stay home when you are sick. If you experience any symptoms of flu (cough, fever, aches, headache, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, chills ) and were in contact with someone who has it, or was in a location where the disease has already occurred, call your medical provider.
Have alcohol hand sanitizer and use it when soap and water aren’t available.