Thursday, July 30, 2009

CDC predicts H1N1 virus to affect 40% of Americans

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices is meeting to decide on an approach for inoculating Americans against the H1N1 virus. That comes after the agency projected that the virus could affect up to 40% of the U.S. population. Please see McKnight's for the full article.

Preventative actions from the CDC:

1. Wash hands frequently with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze;

2. Use antibacterial hand sanitizer between hand washing;

3. Do not report to work if you have flu-like symptoms;

4. Get vaccinated when vaccines are available;

5. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it;

6. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way. The average human touches his/her face an average of 400 times per day!

7. Try to avoid close contact with sick people. While sick, limit contact with others to keep from infecting them;

8. Visit the CDC website (http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/) to find out what to do if you get sick with the flu and how to care for someone at home who is sick with the flu.

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