Swine Flu Update (2009)

This is suppose to be an update, but it’s from 2009

By Dr. Sonayia Shepherd, Safe Havens International

Human cases of swine influenza A (H1N1) virus infection have been identified in the United States. Human cases of swine influenza A (H1N1) virus infection also have been identified internationally.

Federal Public Heath Officials are urging everyone to take universal precautions which include:

• Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hands cleaners are also effective.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way. Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
• Influenza is thought to spread mainly person-to-person through coughing or sneezing of infected people.
• If you get sick, CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.

There are unique precautions that schools should take to limit exposure and keep everyone healthy. If your school has been affected by the outbreak, there are some measures that you can take to get back to normal as quickly and safely as possible. The following are some tips for school personnel.

For more information or assistance, feel free to call Safe Havens International.