Prevention of H1N1 strain of influenza starts with a few simple steps that are part of good hygiene, and several websites such as the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization, have made some useful, simple recommendations. These precautions, include:
- Washing your hand frequently with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand rub.
- Covering your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze
- Avoid touching your nose, eyes, or mouth (some of the most common methods of germ transmission)
- Avoiding close contact with individuals already sickened by H1N1
- Staying at home and avoiding going to work if you have a flu-like illness; the key is to keep away from others as much as possible to keep others from also getting sick
- Monitoring school updates for any closures related to flu outbreaks
- Avoiding large crowds where a large number of sick individuals may be within close proximity
- Getting vaccinated as soon as possible
In 2009, there is both a seasonal flu vaccine and a 2009 H1N1 vaccine that are being administered. While rollout of the H1N1 vaccine has been slower than anticipated, supplies are growing, and more health practitioners are able to administer the vaccine.
Even taking many preventative measures may not stop you from contracting the flu. Should you exhibit the tell-tale H1N1 symptoms, be sure to follow the advice of medical care personnel.