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H1N1 Swine Flu Awareness Poster
Beware: The H1N1 Virus is Alive and Well!
Flu season is fast approaching, and the cause for concern is 3-times as high. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as the World Health Organization (WHO), are both warning of the likely spread of not only the typical seasonal influenza, but also the 2009 Influenza A (H1N1) Virus, or commonly known as the Swine flu.
CBS World News recently reported that "the CDC announced that the number of Americans stricken with the H1N1 virus could reach 20-40% of the population over the next two years... If their projection is true, twice the number of people who usually get sick in a normal flu season will be afflicted by the H1N1 virus."
Taking The Proper Precautions is Vital to the Health of Your Family, Co-Workers and Your Employees. Business sustainability is important during the seasonal flu season, but even more important in a pandemic.
- - Know your normal absenteeism rate
- - Monitor the rate for above average rates this coming season
- - Keep inventory of masks, respirators, hand sanitizer and tissues
Here are some simple ways you can help control the spread of the H1N1 flu:
- 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
- Dust masks and respirators should be considered for use by individuals for whom close contact with an infectious person is unavoidable - this can include selected individuals who must care for a sick person (e.g. family member with a respiratory infection) at home
These everyday activities, as well as avoiding close contact with those who are sick, are simple, yet important, ways of helping to stop the spread of diseases and viruses.