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Fight this Year's Flu Strains
The flu made a lot of headlines in 2009. H1N1 influenza A, originally known as the swine flu, emerged on the scene. Also, a Journal of the American Medical Association study found that some common seasonal flu—or influenza—viruses are becoming resistant to treatment. Now that flu season is here, it’s important to know how to protect your family. Here are well-proven and well-supported flu prevention tips:
- Seasonal flu: The flu shot is your best chance for avoiding seasonal flu. Shots typically are available from September through January. Each flu season is different, so the sooner you get your shot, the better your chances of staying healthy.
- H1N1 and seasonal flu: The H1N1 virus is thought to spread in the same way that the seasonal flu spreads—from person to person through coughing or sneezing. Simple hand hygiene can curb the spread of flu viruses. Wash your hands often with soap and water. Also:
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Put the tissue in the trash.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
- Don’t get too close to people who are sick.
Want the latest updates about the H1N1 vaccine? Visit our Swine Flu Information page to link to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Search Botsford Hospital for “swine flu.”