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Although flu season can be unpredictable, here are a few simple steps we can all take to limit the spread of seasonal flu as well as other flu viruses.

  • 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 cleaners are also effective.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people. 
  • Stay home if you are sick until at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever (100°F or 37.8°C) or signs of a fever (without the use of a fever-reducing medicine, such as Tylenol®).  Read detailed information about how long to stay away from others. 
  • Follow public health advice regarding school closures, avoiding crowds and other social distancing measures.

Get vaccinated! 

If and when a pandemic influenza vaccine becomes available during a pandemic, get vaccinated when it becomes available for you.

Until the 2010-2011 seasonal flu vaccine is released later this year, you need two vaccines to be fully protected against the seasonal and pandemic H1N1 flu this year (2009-2010). The seasonal flu vaccine is different from the H1N1 flu vaccine. The Public Health Department along with the Centers for Disease Control is encouraging people to get both vaccinations.  More…

To learn more about the types of flu vaccine as well as the preservative free vaccines, follow the links below: 

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