While many people are fearful of getting exposed to or sick with the Swine Flu, there are many things that you can do to stay healthy.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) provides these helpful tips:
- Stay informed. The CDC Web site 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.
- Develop a family emergency plan as a precaution. This should include storing a supply of food, medicines, facemasks, alcohol-based hand rubs and other essential supplies.
- Call 1-800-CDC-INFO for more information.
Dr. Michael Gutzeit, Chief Medical Officer at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin (CHW), posted Swine Flu information for families on the CHW Web site:
If your child is displaying flu-like symptoms, the Public Health Department has advised that you remain at home and contact your pediatrician or primary care physician.
“Please do NOT bring your child to the Emergency Department unless one of the following is true:
1. Your child is under 1 year of age.
2. Your child has a chronic illness (Ex: diabetes, cancer, asthma, heart disease)
3. A temperature of >102.
The State has established a hotline @ 211 available 24/7 with multilingual capability.”
Note #2. Chronic illness = arthritis. If your child has arthritis and is experiencing flu-like symptoms and meets those guidelines above, check with your child’s doctor before heading in to the emergency room or a clinic.
For more information, check out the CDC’s Web site and Pandemic Infomration for Wisconsin to stay informed.