Seasonal and H1N1 FLU
Prevention, are you ready?
* The H1N1 virus continues
to circulate in the United States and more than 120 other countries, especially in the southern hemisphere, where flu season
* WHO (World Health Organization)
declared a global pandemic om June 11, 2009.
* The H1N1 virus is not an airborne virus except in droplet form.
* Transmission is through direct contact and most likely passed via hands.
* The CDC is mildly surprised that the H1N1 virus is contuining to cause illness during the summer
months when the flu is not common.
over 60 years of age are most likely to have immunity built up for this virus.
* However according to the CDC young people have no immunity to the virus. To date the most affected
age groups are 5-24 years of age.
* The Swine
flu can survive for 2-8 hours on surfaces.
The Swine flu virus is transferred when an individual contacts the virus and then touches their eyes, nose or mouth before
washing their hands.
* An individual is considered
contagious from day 1 day before they exhibit symptoms to 7 days after they become ill.
* The CDC recommends individuals stay in isolation for 7 days after the onset of illness or 24 hours
after symptoms are gone.
* The southern hemisphere
is considered an indicator of what to expect in the U.S. because they are in their main flu season right now.
* Australia in the state of New South Wales (the most populated area)
is experiencing absenteeism in businesses of around 60% and expects the average individual to have the flu 2 times this season.
Steps to Reduce the risk of infection:
Frequent hand washing is a key, using antimicrobial soap with up to 6 hours of residual killing action will reduce the risk
of transfer between hand washings.
for a minimum of 20 seconds, rinse well and thoroughly dry.
use of a hand sanitizer when a sink is not available,
crowds, if you cannot, try to keep a safe distance from others (3-6 feet) to avoid the risk of droplet contamination.
*Get plenty of sleep to keep the immune system strong.
*Get plenty of exercise for the same reason.
*Stay home if you are experiencing flu symptoms (fatigue, fever, nausea, etc.).
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