How does the H1N1 flu spread?

Like the season flu, the H1N1 virus is spread through droplets in the air from coughing or sneezing or by touching surfaces (like a doorknob) that have been contaminated with the virus and then touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Unlike the season flu, which is primarily spread only in cold weather, it appears that the H1N1 virus can also be spread during warm weather.

To prevent the spread of the H1N1 flu, people who are ill should stay home when they are sick, cover their mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing, and wash their hands regularly with soap and water.

The H1N1 flu is spread the same way seasonal flu is spread. You can catch the H1N1 flu by being near someone who is sick with it and who coughs or sneezes. You can also catch it by touching surfaces that the sick person has touched and then touching your nose or mouth.

The best way to protect yourself from H1N1 flu is to get your seasonal flu vaccination. Other precautions you can take include:
  • washing your hands frequently with soap and water
  • using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available
  • keeping your hands away from your eyes, mouth, and nose
  • steering clear of anyone who is sick

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