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Protecting Yourself

To limit the spread of H1N1 virus, follow good respiratory hygiene practices.

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or sleeve 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 cleaners are also effective.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.  Germs spread this way.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people (known as social distancing).

If you experience the symptoms of H1N1:

  • Stay home if you are sick until you have been symptom-free (including having normal body temperature) for 24 hours
  • People with influenza symptoms should pay particular attention to covering their nose or mouth when coughing or sneezing.

State health officials recommend that people with H1N1 symptoms stay home from work or classes and limit contact with others to avoid spreading the virus.


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