Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Important Notice About Swine Flu


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Important Notice About Swine Flu:

A recent outbreak of the swine flu is receiving a lot of attention in the news across the nation. Below is some important information we should all be aware of and also websites where you can find more detailed information and the latest news regarding this flu outbreak.

What are the signs and symptoms of swine flu in people?
  • The symptoms of swine flu in people are similar to the symptoms of regular human flu and include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people have reported diarrhea and vomiting associated with swine flu. Like seasonal flu, swine flu may cause a worsening of underlying chronic medical conditions.How long does it take to develop symptoms if I believe I have been exposed to someone with Swine Flu?
  • Infected people MAY be able to infect others beginning one day before symptoms develop and up to seven or more days after becoming sick. That means you may be able to pass on the flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick.
  • Precautionary measures for both seasonal flu and swine flu include:
    Washing your hands often with soap and warm water. Alcohol-based hand cleansers are also effective.
  • Avoiding people who are ill.
  • Staying home from work, or school and all social events if you are sick.
  • Using tissue when you cough, sneeze or spit, and dispose of the tissue in a covered trash bin.
  • Keeping hands away from your face. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
    Cleaning shared space more often such as phone receivers, keyboards, steering wheels and office equipment.
  • Refraining from sharing personal items such as forks, spoons, toothbrushes and towels.

For additional information:

If you believe you have Influenza type illness and are having medical difficulties, put a mask on (any type will do, a handkerchief) and contact your local emergency room.

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