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Some "Do’s" For Preventing Swine Flu

by Sue Hubbard, M.D.

With more in the media over the weekend about swine flu and more confirmed infections popping up around the country I thought it was another good time to review some “Do’s” for preventing swine flu. Dr. Jane Siegel, Professor of Pediatrics and Infectious Disease at U.T. Southwestern reviewed these with us on yesterday’s radio show.

DO:

#1: Perform good hand washing frequently with soap and water or use an alcohol based hand gel.

#2: Use respiratory hygiene, and cough etiquette.

#3: Defer non-necessary trips to Mexico – but watch for changing travel advisories.

#4: Develop a family emergency plan including options for childcare when schools or day care are closed. Do not gather more than five children in one household for childcare.

#5: Practice social distancing and stay away from large crowds. Flu viruses do not spread thru the air over long distances (less than 6 feet). You are more likely to encounter a sick person in large crowded gatherings.

#6: Keep up with accurate information on a daily basis.

The good news from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organization is that it seems that the H1N1 virus may be slowing down and that there are still no further fatalities in the U.S. There are 30 hospitalized patients of the over 250 people currently identified with Swine Flu, and the majority of people have had mild illness and recover fairly quickly. Stay tuned.

That’s your daily dose, we’ll chat again tomorrow.

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