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How to Prevent Getting and Spreading Novel H1N1 Flu

November 11, 2019

Welcome to the CDC podcast on how to prevent getting
and spreading novel H1N1 flu. Hello, I’m Dr. Joe Bresee
with CDC’s Influenza Division. At this time,
an outbreak of novel H1N1 flu is occurring
in the United States and internationally. While CDC is taking action
to control the outbreak, communities, businesses,
places of worship, schools, and individuals can also
take steps to slow the spread. Novel H1N1 flu spreads when sick
people cough or sneeze flu germs onto others or onto surfaces
that someone else may touch. Whether you’re at home,
work, school, or running daily errands,
you can help prevent the flu by washing your hands often
with soap and water and avoiding contact
with sick people. Sometimes you won’t have access
to running water, so you might want to carry
hand sanitizer that contains
at least 60% alcohol. If you can,
it’s best to use soap and water because hand sanitizer doesn’t
remove soil and other material that might be on your hands. If you’re diagnosed
with novel H1N1 flu, it’s important
to stay away from others. Stay home from work or school to
keep from spreading the virus. Remember, you 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’re sick
and while you’re sick. CDC also recommends that
you cover your mouth and nose with a tissue
when you cough or sneeze. Put your used tissue
in the trash immediately. For up-to-date information
on novel H1N1 flu, please visit or call 1-800-cdc-info. That’s 1-800-232-4636.

1 Comment

  • Reply disclosurenow9 December 28, 2010 at 7:08 am

    "While CDC is taking action to control the outbreak" homeland security is busy spraying it out of planes and helicopters. Get your flu shot. It will kill any few remaining brain cells you may have left and the reality of this horrible criminal conspiracy against humanity won't be so painful. Thank you. Go back to sleep.

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