Tuesday, September 8, 2009

H1N1 - What You Can Do to Stay Healthy

"Hindsight is 20/20" so this may help those of you that haven't succumbed to the swine flu.  As for me and my family... it's too late.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have provided the following helpful suggestions:
  • Stay informed. This website will be updated regularly as information becomes available.
  • Influenza is thought to spread mainly person-to-person through coughing or sneezing of infected people.
  • Take everyday actions to stay healthy.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hands cleaners are also effective.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.
  • Stay home if you get sick. CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.
  •  Follow public health advice regarding school closures, avoiding crowds and other social distancing measures.
  • Find healthy ways to deal with stress and anxiety.
  • Call 1-800-CDC-INFO for more information.
Here are a few other sites that you might find useful:
  • Clean Up the Classroom by Clorox. This site offers free lesson plans, worksheets and tips to help keep your classroom cleaner.
  • 10 Videos About Flu Prevention by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. These are the finalists from the Department's PSA contest that asked people to create a video that will inform and motivate people to take steps that will help prevent the spread of the flu. The winner will get $2,500.00 and the voting ends on September 16th.
Thanks to Free Technology for Teachers for the idea for today's post!

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