Information About the 2009/10 Flu Season
As a result, we are implementing phase I of our pandemic response plan. We will not be closing the institution at this time, but will initiate preventive measures. Soon you will see hand sanitizers in common areas at all sites. Please use these liberally. Other methods of keeping viruses from spreading are listed below.
- Sneeze or cough into your elbow.
- If you get sick, stay home until 24 hours after you stop running a fever.
- Avoid shaking hands or touching your nose and eyes.
- Wash your hands often for 20 seconds or more.
Carry disinfectant wipes and use them on door knobs, computer keyboards and mice, and other commonly used surfaces. A list of products effective against flu viruses, including H1N1, are listed at this link: http://www.epa.gov/oppad001/
- Do not share glasses, cups, dishes or silverware.
- If you are in a particularly vulnerable group (e.g., pregnant, have a history of pulmonary problems like asthma or COPD) you may want to purchase an N95 mask, which you can find at Lowe's or Home Depot.
You should know that the H1N1 virus isn't much worse than seasonal flu, except for those who are particularly vulnerable. Be careful, be proactive about prevention, but don't stop living your life. As this health scenario unfolds, we will keep you updated.