There are everyday actions that can help prevent the spread of germs that cause respiratory illnesses like influenza. This year’s cold and flu season is expected to include both the regular flu and the H1N1 (swine) flu, so it’s important that everyone try to follow these simple everyday steps to protect their health:
- If possible, try to avoid contact with people who are ill.
- If you have to cough or sneeze, don’t do it in your hand. Use a Kleenex or cover your mouth with your sleeve.
- Try to avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Wash hands often with soap and water.
- If soap and water is not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
View video demonstrations
And if you’re not exactly sure how it’s done, check out our experts. Watch two elementary schools demonstrate the most important things everyone can do to prevent the spread of germs. View the importance of hand washingat Smyth Elementary, 1059 W. 13th St., and learn how to cover your mouth when you cough and sneezeat Ortiz de Dominguez Elementary, 3000 S. Lawndale Ave.
H1N1 hotline, resources
The State of Illinois has a flu hotline set up for non-medical questions. Call 1-866-848-2094 for English or 1-866-241-2138 for Spanish. For more information call 3-1-1, visit the Chicago Department of Public Health’s H1N1 website or read H1N1 updates, health tips.
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