Swine Flu: Simple Actions to Stay Healthy
There are everyday actions people can take to stay healthy and stop the spread of germs.
- Wash hands frequently with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid or minimize contact with sick people (a minimum three feet distancing is recommended).
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Cover your mouth and nose with tissues when you cough and sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into the crook of your elbow.
- Stay away from others as much as possible when you are sick.
For general flu preparedness tips, see the American Red Cross Seasonal Flu Checklist in English and Spanish [PDF].
Coping and Emotional Well-Being
What is a pandemic? Who is at risk? What will happen? Are my children safe? As the media reports that a swine flu (H1N1) pandemic
is imminent, these thoughts may occur to you. Knowing what to expect,
how to prepare and where to find needed information and support can
increase your resilience, decrease your stress and minimize the impact
on you and your loved ones.
Download the "Preparing for a Swing Flu Pandemic" guide in English [PDF].
For more information on Human Swine Flu (H1N1), visit the CDC information page on swine flu (H1N1) or call 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636).