Fall Flu Season

September 10th, 2009

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Fall flu season is just upon us, and it’s complicated this year by the presence of a new concern – swine flu. This past June, the World Health Organization declared the swine flu outbreak a pandemic. As a virus – also called novel incluenza H1N1 – spread throughout the world, the race began to develop a vaccine, which may be ready as early as late fall.

So what’s your best course of action? Protect yourself from seasonal flu by getting a regular vaccination as soon as it’s available, says Dr. Beth P. Bell, associate director for epidemiology science at the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. Also check with your doctor to see if a swine flu vaccine is available and if you’re amont those recommended to get one. Seasonal influenza alone causes widespread illness and, on average, 36,000 deaths a year. For the most current information about H1N1 and seasonal flu, check out pandemicflu.gov and cdc.gov/flu.

To prevent spreading any type of flu:

  • Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth whenever possible
  • Stay home of you child or you are sick to avoid spreading it to others

– Doug Donaldson Better Homes and Gardens, September 2009

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