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The Spreading Flu

January 4, 2010 4:30 PM ET


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The spreading flu. From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

Health officials are concerned about the novel H1N1 flu virus that’s been spreading from person to person. But people can protect themselves and their families, with the same steps they can take for seasonal flu.

Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue, and throw the tissue away after use.

If you have flu-like symptoms such as fever, body aches, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, it could be wise to see a health care professional. Acting Surgeon General Steve Galson:

"You may want to contact your health care provider particularly if you’re worried about your symptoms. Your health care provider will determine whether influenza testing or treatment is needed."

To learn more, see CDC's information on h1n1 flu or call 1-800-CDC-INFO.

HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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