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Keep sick kids home. Visit www.cdc.gov/h1n1.

One of the best ways to prevent spreading disease is to stay home from work, school, social and other activities when you are sick. It is also important to

  • 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 for 7 days after your symptoms begin or until you have been symptom-free for 24 hours, whichever is longer. This is to keep from infecting others and spreading the virus further.

    Other important actions that you can take are:

  • Follow public health advice regarding school closures, avoiding crowds and other social distancing measures.
  • Be prepared in case you get sick and need to stay home for a week or so; a supply of over-the-counter medicines, alcohol-based hand rubs, tissues and other related items might could be useful and help avoid the need to make trips out in public while you are sick and contagious.

    Influenza A H1N1 has shown to be highly infectious, however it is similar to our regular seasonal influenza. If you are running a fever of over 101 and suffering severe symptoms, see your doctor.

    For more details, please visit www.health.uthah.gov/swineflu or http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu.

    Show your child how to wash his hands. Visit www.cdc.gov/h1n1 for more information.