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Friday, September 18, 2009

Swine Flu Update

Good news on the H1N1 front this week: the vaccine has been approved by health officials, and U.S. Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius assures the public that there will be enough for everyone. The first doses should be out within a month, the FDA says.

As we reported previously, one shot appears to do the trick. You'll still need to receive the regular seasonal flu vaccine as well, though. Both are required if you want full protection against both seasonal flu and H1N1.

Even if you don't opt for the vaccine, there are common-sense steps you can take to protect yourself and your employees:
  • Follow your mom's advice and wash your hands with soap and water frequently
  • Use antibacterial hand sanitizers if you're not able to wash your hands
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
Influenza is spread person-to-person through coughing and sneezing, so to avoid spreading the virus, cover your mouth (preferably with your sleeve) when you cough or sneeze, and wash your hands afterward.

If you get sick and suspect it may be flu, see your doctor right away. Antiviral medications can shorten the duration dramatically if administered early.

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