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SWINE FLU AND YOU

ARE THERE MEDICATIONS TO TREAT SWINE FLU?
Yes, CDC recommends Oseltamivir (brand name Tamiflu) and Zanamivir (brand name Relenza). Antiviral drugs are prescription medicines that fight against the flu by keeping flu viruses from reproducing in your body. If you get sick, antiviral drugs can make your illness milder and make you feel better faster. They may also prevent serious flu complications. For treatment, antiviral drugs work best if started soon after getting sick (within 2 days of symptoms).

WHAT CAN I DO TO PROTECT MYSELF FROM GETTING SICK?
There is no vaccine available right now to protect against swine flu. There are everyday actions that can help prevent the spread of germs that causes respiratory illnesses like influenza.

Take these everyday steps to protect your health:

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough and sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you sneeze or cough. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • If you get sick with influenza, CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with other to keep from infecting them.

CAN I GET SWINE FLU FROM EATING OR PREPARING PORK?
No. Swine flu viruses are not spread by food. You cannot get swine flu from eating pork or pork products. Eating properly handled and cooked pork products is safe.

FOR MORE INFORMATION visit: www.cdc.gov/swineflu

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