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Saturday, November 7, 2009

Latest Information About the H1N1 Flu

H1N1 Flu: Keeping Pennsylvanians Healthy
Governor Edward G. Rendell has dedicated this entire special edition of his newsletter to helping Pennsylvanians protect themselves against the H1N1 flu. Please share this information with your friends and family members.

Slow the Spread of H1N1
H1N1 spreads the same way seasonal flu does: from person-to-person. The virus can live on hard and soft surfaces anywhere from 2 to 8 hours after being touched by an infected person. That’s why it’s important to keep your hands clean, avoid touching your face and cough or sneeze only into a tissue or your sleeve. Learn more.

Got the Flu? Stay at Home
Unless you are headed to the doctor, stay at home until you are well – it’s one of the best ways to keep H1N1 from spreading. And you must stay at home until at least 24 hours after your fever ends without the use of fever-reducing medication. Watch for worsening symptoms, which may require you to seek emergency medical care. Learn more.

Finding H1N1 Vaccine
Due to a delay in vaccine production nationwide, the fastest way to find vaccine in your area is to talk to your healthcare provider. As supply levels improve, there will be public vaccination sites.

The limited number of doses that are available are targeted to those who are at greatest risk from H1N1, including pregnant women; individuals six months to 24 years old; healthcare providers and EMS workers; parents, household members or caregivers of children under 6 months; and those under 65 with certain underlying medical conditions. Learn more.

Be Ready for the Unexpected
Be ready with a plan in case you or your children must stay home due to illness or school, child care or business closings. It’s is important to make arrangements with neighbors, friends and family members who would be willing to help care for a child that remains home due to a school closing or illness. People caring for others who are sick with H1N1 can take steps to reduce the risk of becoming ill. Learn more.

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