To Get a Flu Shot or Not Get A Flu Shot: How to Protect Yourself from the H1N1 Flu Virus

• Cough into your sleeve or a tissue and wash your hands after disposing of the tissue.

• If at all possible, stay away from people who are ill.

• Stay at home if you are ill to keep from giving your illness to other people. The CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone, except to get medical care or other necessities. (Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.) Keep away from others as much as possible to keep from making them sick.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

• If you are in the recommended population, get vaccinated.


• Pregnant women because they are at higher risk of complications and can potentially provide protection to infants who cannot be vaccinated.

• Household contacts and caregivers for children younger than 6 months of age, because younger infants are at higher risk of influenza-related complications and cannot be vaccinated. Vaccination of those in close contact with infants less than 6 months old might help protect infants by "cocooning" them from the virus.

• Healthcare and emergency medical services personnel, because infections among healthcare workers have been reported and this can be a potential source of infection for vulnerable patients. Also increased absenteeism in this population could reduce healthcare system capacity.

• All people from 6 months through 24 years of age.

• Children from 6 months through 18 years of age because the CDC has seen many cases of H1N1 in children and they are in close contact with each other in school and day care settings, which increases the likelihood of disease spread.

• Young adults 19 through 24 years of age because the CDC has seen many cases of H1N1in these healthy young adults. They often live, work, and study in close proximity, and they are frequently a mobile population.

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