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How to Protect Yourself from H1N1

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Worried about the swine flu? These tips and resources will help you protect yourself and your family from H1N1.

Swine Flu Alert

As of early this fall, more than 296,000 cases of the H1N1 virus (aka swine flu) had been reported worldwide. Experts say the number will multiply during the cold-weather months, when influenza viruses thrive. Help protect yourself this winter with these stay-healthy strategies:

  • Suds up. Wash hands often with soap and warm water.
  • Stand apart. Spend limited time in crowded areas.
  • Sleep plentifully. Get seven to nine hours nightly to help maintain immune function.
  • Spot the symptoms. Fever, lethargy, coughing and lack of appetite, and possibly runny nose, sore throat, nausea, and diarrhea, are all warning signs.
  • Speak up. Ask your doctor about antiviral drugs Tamiflu or Relenza (about 70 to 90 percent effective at preventing the flu) or the H1N1 vaccine, once it's approved and available, especially if you are pregnant, a healthcare worker, or caring for an infant, or if you have other health conditions that increase risk.

Sources: World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

FIND A SWINE FLU/H1N1 SHOT

Google has launched the super-helpful Flu Shot Finder feature, which lets you locate clinics that offer H1N1 or seasonal flu vaccines near you. While the service is not available nation-wide yet (20 states so far), it is expected to expand soon. Remember: Shot supply changes regularly, so call ahead to confirm availability.

 

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tammyrox2006 wrote:

The Vaccine is nonsense.Do your research-www.articles.mercola.com article Expert Pediatrition Exposes Vaccine Myths.Rather lengthy but crutial info!!!

11/16/2009 05:56:41 PM Report Abuse
tdial1 wrote:

The antiviral drugs only reduce the length of the illness and only if used within 24 hours of the initial onset and they seem to reduce the length of the illness by one day. They are only recommended for at risk patients as their benefit otherwise do not outweigh their risk and cost. They have not been recommended for preventive reasons.

11/16/2009 10:40:48 AM Report Abuse
tdial1 wrote:

Tamiflu or Relenza (about 70 to 90 percent effective at preventing the flu)??? Not sure where you got this info. These drugs have never been known to prevent the flu. The vaccine is the only thing other then hygiene that is marketed to prevent the flu and it only works 50% of the time at best.

11/16/2009 10:40:24 AM Report Abuse
vampire12 wrote:

PERHAPS THAT IS ENOUGH TO DO..

11/16/2009 10:38:12 AM Report Abuse
vampire12 wrote:

I USE HAND SANITIZER OFTEN DURING THE DAY..IT IS JUST MY WIFE AND I BUT SHE WORKS AT A RETAIL STORE AND WAITS ON SEVERAL HUNDRED PEOPLE EACH SHIFT.. SO SHE GOES STRAIGHT TO THE BATHROOM AND WASHES UP WHEN SHE COMES HOME PLUS WASHING UP AT THE STORE SEVERAL TIMES A SHIFT.. SO FAR SO GOOD...

11/16/2009 10:36:42 AM Report Abuse

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