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Saturday, November 6, 2010

H1N1 -Swine - Flu Season Is upon Us! Don't Panic!

No single action will provide complete protection, but an approach combining the following steps can help decrease the likelihood of transmission.

These recommended actions are:

• Wash hands frequently with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub*

• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth

• People who are sick with an influenza-like illness (ILI) (fever plus at least cough or sore throat and possibly other symptoms like runny nose, body aches, headaches, chills, fatigue, vomiting and diarrhea) should stay home and keep away from others as much as possible, including avoiding travel, for at least 24 hours after fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Fever should be gone without the use of fever-reducing medicine).

• Avoid close contact (i.e. being within about 6 feet) with persons with ILI, if possible.

In addition, influenza antiviral medications are an important tool for the treatment and prevention of influenza, including 2009 H1N1. Also see Guidance on the use of antiviral medications.

Immunity-Boosting Foods

Food alone can't protect against the common cold or flu, and the science isn't yet clear on which nutrients may bolster immunity to reduce your risk of getting sick. But experts agree that a diet rich in a variety of produce, whole grains, lean proteins, and low-fat dairy products―along with adequate sleep, moderate exercise, and minimal stress―contributes to a well-functioning immune system and may promote a faster recovery if you do come down with a cold or flu. Here are some key nutrients and tips that will help increase the likelihood that you'll fly through the winter months in good health.

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