Protect Yourself from H1N1/Swine Flu

Posted on Nov 16, 2011 05:44am

Stay healthy this flu season by following Massachusetts General Hospital's practical tips to help you protect yourself and your loved ones from developing seasonal or H1N1 influenza.

Your Goal: Staying Healthy This Flu Season­
CBS and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston want you and your loved ones to stay healthy this flu season. The first step to protecting yourself and your family against both the seasonal and 2009 H1N1 influenza is to stay informed. The following information includes practical tips to remain flu-free as well as helpful links to national health organization resources and the Massachusetts General Hospital flu website.

General Seasonal and H1N1 Influenza Information
Seasonal influenza and 2009 H1N1 influenza are spread in the same ways — mainly through droplets, such as saliva and mucous from the mouth, nose and throat — and symptoms are the same for both. In general, symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, nasal congestion/runny nose and general weakness. Some people may also have nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

The most effective way to prevent the flu is to get vaccinated with a seasonal flu vaccination and a 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccination. Check with your physician for availability of these vaccines in your areas.

Following the good health habits listed below can also help prevent getting and spreading the flu.

    • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue every time you cough or sneeze and immediately discard the tissue into a wastebasket
    • If you do not have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your elbow or upper sleeve
    • Clean your hands frequently with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand cleaner, especially after coughing or sneezing
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
    • Try to stay in good health by getting enough sleep, drinking plenty of fluids and eating nutritious food
    • Do not go to work or school if sick and stay at home until 24 hours after your symptoms subside
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
    • Clean frequently touched surfaces with a household disinfectant

Resources for Information about Flu