H1N1 flu is spread in the same way that seasonal flu
spreads. Flu viruses are spread mainly from person to person
through coughing or sneezing by infected persons. Sometimes people
may become infected by touching something – such as a surface or
object – with flu viruses on it and then touching their mouth or
People infected with the seasonal or H1N1 flu shed virus may be able to infect others from 1 day before getting sick to 5 to 7 days after. This can be longer in some people, especially children or people with weakened immune systems.
Take these everyday steps to protect your health:
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or
sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
- Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
- Stay home if you are sick until at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever (100°F or 37.8°C) or signs of a fever (without the use of a fever-reducing medicine, such as Tylenol®). Read detailed information about how long to stay away from others.
Follow public health advice regarding school closures, avoiding crowds and other social distancing measures.
Source: FLU.GOV. How to Prevent Contracting H1N1 Flu. Retrieved on January, 2010 from http://www.flu.gov/individualfamily/about/h1n1/index.html
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