Swine Flu

As many of you have probably already heard, in recent days several countries' governments, including Mexico, the U.S., and Canada, have taken measures to prevent the spread of a new strain of swine flu - the U.S. having moved stockpiles of the flu vaccine to different areas of the country. This move comes as a reaction to nearly 20 deaths in Mexico having been (confirmed) caused by the virus. There are still another 80 deaths in question.

Several cases have been found in parts of the U.S. and Canada, mainly among persons returning from trips in Mexico. Swine flu is initially contracted from pigs themselves, but can be spread from person to person like any other form of flu. This particular strain of swine flu is causing alarm as it has been fatal to peoples between the ages of 25-45, a demographic that is not usually labeled "high-risk."

  1. Get your vitamins on - you need to make sure your immune system is well-prepared.
  2. Wash your hands often and thoroughly.
  3. Keep your hands CLEAN and away from your face.
  4. Use tissues (as oppose to your hand or a cloth handkerchief).
  5. Routinely clean clothing and surfaces of your home - including childrens' toys.
  6. Use proper cough etiquette - I teach this to my students at school.
  7. Stay away from sick people and avoid large groups of people.
  8. Use a water bottle instead of the water fountain.
  9. Know the symptoms of Swine flu and seek medical attention if they present themselves.
  10. If you didn't get a flu vaccine already this year, get one.

While there is no reason to panic, it certainly doesn't hurt to take preventative measures to keep ourselves and those around us healthy.

Please, keep Mexico (being the hardest hit population) in your prayers, as well as all those who are suffering either through sickness or the loss of a loved one.

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