How to Prevent Getting and Spreading Novel H1N1 Flu Archived
In this podcast, CDC's Dr. Joe Bresee describes how to prevent giving and getting novel H1N1 flu. Created: 5/11/2009 by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Office of the Director.
Date Released: 5/11/2009. Series Name: CDC Featured Podcasts.
How to Prevent Getting and Spreading Novel H1N1 Flu
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Welcome to this 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 percent 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 www.cdc.gov or call 1-800-CDC-INFO, that's 1-800-232-4636.
For the most accurate health information, visit www.cdc.gov or call 1-800-CDC-INFO, 24/7.