H1N1 - How to stay healthy?
Influenza A (H1N1) virus is a subtype of influenza virus A and the most common cause of
influenza (flu) in humans. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared it as a flu
pandemic. Accordingly to stay healthy during this time please follow the 7 ways listed below.
- Maintain a healthy lifestyle through rest, diet, excercise and relaxation
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand cleaner if soap and water are not available. Be sure to wash your hands after coughing, sneezin or blowing your nose.
- Avoid touching your nose, mouth and eyes.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, or cough and sneeze into your elbow. Dispose of tissues in no-touch trash receptacles.
- Keep frequently touched common surfaces clean
- Don't spread the flu! If you are sick with flu-like illness, stay home. Symptoms of flu include fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius) or chills and cough or sore throat. In addition, symptoms of flu can include runny nose, body aches, headache, tiredness, diarrhea, or vomiting. CDC recommends that sick workers stay home if they are sick with flu-like illness until at lease 24 hours after they are free of fever without the use of fever-reducing medicines.
- Get vaccinated against seasonal flu, when vaccine is available in your area. If you are at risk for 2009 H1N1 flu complications, you should receive the 2009 H1N1 flu complications include pregnant women and people with chronic medical conditions (such as asthma, heart disease or diabetes)