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How can I protect myself from getting H1N1 influenza from infected people?

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To protect yourself, practice general preventive measures for influenza:


  • Avoid close contact with people who appear unwell and have a fever and or cough.


  • Wash your hands with soap and water frequently and thoroughly at least 15 seconds.


  • Practice good health habits including adequate sleep, eating nutritious food, and keeping physically active.


If there is an ill person at home:


  • Try to provide the ill person a separate section in the house. If this is not possible, keep the person at least 6 feet in distance from others.


  • Cover mouth and nose when caring for the ill person.


  • Wash your hands with soap and water thoroughly after each contact with the ill person.


  • Try to improve the air flow in the area where the ill person stays. Use doors and windows to take advantage of breezes.


  • Keep the environment clean with readily available household cleaning agents.