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What you can do to stay healthy

May 04, 2009

Stay informed. The CDC Web site ( www.cdc.gov/swineflu ) will be updated regularly as information becomes available.

Influenza is thought to spread mainly person to person through coughing or sneezing of infected people.

Take everyday actions to stay healthy.

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 hands cleaners are also effective.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.

Stay home if you get sick. CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.

Follow public health advice regarding school closures, avoiding crowds and other social distancing measures.

Develop a family emergency plan as a precaution. This should include storing a supply of food, medicines, facemasks, alcohol-based hand rubs and other essential supplies.

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For more information, call 1-800-CDC-INFO or go to www.cdc.gov/swineflu . The Web site is updated regularly as new information becomes available.

-- by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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