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Questions Grow as World Health Organization Raises Pandemic Alert for Swine Flu to Level Five
Date:4/30/2009

CDC Emphasizes Simple, Low-Cost, Tips to Help Families Stay Healthy

PARSIPPANY, N.J., May 1 /PRNewswire/ -- As the World Health Organization increases the pandemic alert to level five for swine flu (influenza A virus H1N1), many parents are concerned and want information and tools to help protect their families. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a number of resources available through its family health partners and recommends the following practices to help protect against swine flu and infectious diseases year-round.

  • Thoroughly wash your hands throughout the day with soap and water for 20 seconds (the time it takes to sing the "Happy Birthday" song twice), making sure to scrub underneath the nails and the back of the hands. If soap is not readily available, use a hand sanitizer.
  • Disinfect commonly touched surfaces at both the beginning and end of the day to minimize the likelihood of spreading illnesses through contaminated surfaces.
  • Teach your children to avoid touching their eyes, nose or mouths - commonly referred to as "the T zone." Germs can land on surfaces, be picked up on hands and easily spread by touching the face.
  • Fully cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing and properly dispose of the tissue directly after you use it.
  • If you are sick, stay home from school or work to prevent the spread of illness to others. Follow the advice of your school, office and local health experts and stay home on their recommendation.

Also make sure your family has a set emergency plan, such as a contingency plan if your school or day care is shut down and a supply of essential items in your home. This includes keeping a sensible supply of regularly-taken medicines, food, facemasks, disinfectants, alcohol-based hand rubs and other essential items on-
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