What steps should I take to prevent the spread of H1N1 flu?

To prevent the spread of H1N1, or swine flu, take these steps:
  • Get a flu shot.
  • Cough or sneeze into a tissue. If you don't have one, cough or sneeze into your elbow—not your hands.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use a hand sanitizer.
  • Try not to touch your face.
  • Don't share personal items such as makeup, clothing, sports equipment, drinking glasses or forks and spoons.
  • If you come down with the flu, stay home until your symptoms are gone or at least until you've been fever free for 24 hours without taking fever-reducing medication.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Here are some steps to take to prevent spread of H1N1 flu:

  • Stay home if you are sick. You probably won't know if you have the H1N1 flu or seasonal flu by looking at symptoms alone. Widespread testing is just not feasible. In fact, you may not experience any symptoms for a few days. The symptoms of H1N1 flu virus include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, and fatigue. Some people also experience diarrhea and vomiting. You should stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is normal without the aid of fever reducers.
  • Avoid close contact with infected people. If you are a healthcare worker or caring for a loved one with the flu, it is a good idea to stay at least 6 feet away if possible. Face masks or N95 respirators are only recommended for healthcare workers and at-home caretakers who fall into a high-risk category.

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