Swine Flu Update as of 01/07/2010

The H1N1 FLU cases have been leveling off but it is still around & the FLU is expected to continue to spread.  The CDC reports that the rate of infection in California is below the national average, even tough there are 4.3 million reported cases of H1N1.  We need to be vigilant in preventing the spread of this serious disease.  Continue to wash your hands often, cover your cough, stay away from those that are sick & stay home if you have flu-like illness. 
The H1N1 vaccine supply has increased & it’s a good idea to get vaccinated now while supplies are available.  SMC Health Services has the H1N1 vaccine available for students and staff (free).  Our hours are Monday – Thursday, 7:30AM – 4PM.  The vaccine is also available in various locations throughout the area.  To locate where the vaccine is available log on to: www.cdph.ca.gov or call 1-888-865-0564. 

Preventing the Spread

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends everyone to take precautions in protecting oneself against a contagious illness like the swine flu.  Protect yourself from the swine flu by doing the same things you would do to protect yourself from any other flu.  All members of the SMC community are asked to take the following precautions to help avoid contact and transmission of this virus:

  • 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 sanitizers are also effective.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Try to avoid close contact with those who are sick.
  • If you get sick with influenza, the CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.
  • Practice good health habits, including hygiene and nutrition.

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