Help protect yourself against influenza

The day hardly goes by without someone mentioning H1N1, also referred to as "Swine Flu." Whether it is H1N1 or seasonal flu, a few simple steps will go a long ways in helping to prevent getting the flu. Protect yourself by following a few simple steps:

3 Get your flu shot

3 Wash your hands often with soap and warm water. Alcohol-based hand cleansers are also effective

3 Avoid people who are ill

3 Stay home if you are sick

3 Use tissues when you cough, sneeze or spit, and dispose of the tissue in a covered trash bin

3 Keep hands away from your face. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth

3 Clean shared space and items such as telephone receivers, steering wheels, and other shared items and/or equipment

3 Refrain from sharing personal items such as forks, spoons, toothbrushes and towels

Although these all seem like common sense suggestions and quite simple, we too often forget to follow them in earnest.

Remember, the best preventive medicine is to simply follow good sanitary measures every day and to assist in the prevention of seasonal flu by getting your annual flu shot.

For more information contact Public Health at 565-4840.

The Senior Connection is a column provided by the Clinton County Office for the Aging. For more information about services for senior citizens, contact their office at 135 Margaret St., Suite 105, Plattsburgh or call them at 565-4620.

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