Swine Flu - What can I do to prevent from getting sick?

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued recommendations to prevent the spread of the Swine Flu virus and what you can do to stay healthy.  Symptoms of the Swine Flu are similar to the seasonal flu we see every winter such as fever, cough, and sore throat. Below are guidelines intended to keep you from getting sick.

Persons with travel to Mexico within seven days who develop influenza-like illness should contact their physician. MDH officials are reminding people to observe routine public health recommendations for preventing the spread of the flu.

Stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.

Wash your hands often to protect yourself from germs.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.

Practice other good health habits. Keep yourself strong – and more resistant to disease – by getting plenty of sleep, staying physically active, managing stress, drinking plenty of fluids and eating nutritious food.


For additional information and how to care for yourself or a loved one at home, go to the Minnesota Department of Health and/or the CDC: