The Pa. Department of Health, and the Wayne County Emergency Management Agency, has issued tips on helping to prevent the flu.
Fending off the flu: Wash your hands!
HONESDALE - The Pa. Department of Health, and the Wayne County Emergency Management Agency, has issued tips on helping to prevent the flu.
There is no vaccine available at this time, but the swine flu can be treated with certain antiviral drugs. Persons with swine flu are contagious for up to seven days or longer after the onset of illness, so it is important to take the following steps to prevent spreading the virus to others:
• Stay home when you are sick to avoid spreading illness to others;
• Cough or sneeze into the bend of your elbow or a tissue and properly dispose of used tissues;
• Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and warm water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer;
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth;
• Stay healthy by eating a balanced diet, drinking plenty of water and getting plenty of rest and exercise; and
• Seek care if you have influenza-like illness.
The CDC is asking that those individuals who have a recent history of travel and experience mild, flu-like symptoms to stay home. However, if you feel your symptoms worsen or become severe, call or visit your health care provider.
For more information on Swine Influenza A/H1N1, contact the Department of Health at 1-877-PA-HEALTH or visit www.health.state.pa.us. See also www.cdc.gov/swineflu.
Possible case in Philadelphia
The Associated Press reported that the result of a test on samples should be back soon from a 2-year-old Philadelphia boy who is considered the state’s first probable swine flu case.
A state Department of Health spokeswoman said Thursday that results from a Centers For Disease Control and Prevention laboratory test should be available in 24 to 48 hours.
The CDC’s lab in Atlanta is currently the only place that can confirm whether a person’s illness is swine flu. In the coming days, the state Health Department is supposed to receive testing materials that will allow it to confirm whether a person’s illness is swine flu.
Health officials say the boy is fully recovered. He became sick on March 23, several weeks before the current outbreak was recognized in the United States.