Which preventions could you take?
Are there any vaccines?
No. There are currently no developed vaccines for this particular kind of Influenza. It is being developed and it's rumored that it might be one for October 2009.
Best prevention is good hygiene!
It may seem absurd, but many people don't wash their hands properly. At least not in the right right way to wash away viruses. You must do it efficiently in order to dissolve the protective membranes of micro-germs:
- Vigorously rub your hands together and reach between fingers and fold. Also wash your wrists. You should wash for about 15 seconds (Approx. the time it takes to sing the happy birthday song twice - this is a nice way to teach children!)
- Rinse under warm, running water. The more water pressure the better.
- Dry your hands with a disposable towel rubbing your hands together. Throw the towel away.
Alcohol based gels are also very effective to clean your hands. If you use these be sure to rub your hands for about 30 seconds. (That's four happy birthdays!)
Rubbing your eyes and nose provides a freeway for micro-organisms and good breeding ground once they've arrived.
Cover your mouth an nose when you cough or sneeze
If you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth with a tissue. Throw the tissue away. Do not leave discarded tissues around! They are germs colonies.
If you don't have a tissue with you, cough or sneeze using the inner part of your elbow to cover your mouth and nose. This protect others as it's the most effective way to prevent the germs spreading around the air.
Then, wash you hands as described above.
If you begin to feel ill: feverish, achy, have a dry, painful cough, sore throat, go home from school or work and call your personal doctor or health provider for further instructions.
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