CDC Uses Facebook, Twitter To Inform About H1N1 Vaccination

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The CDC is now using social sites to get the word out about the H1N1 vaccination. It is not only about the vaccination, though. The CDC aims to slow the spread of the H1N1 virus and much of what is on Facebook, Twitter, and other sites teaches about how flu prevention.

The sites that the CDC is using include Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, webcasts and other groups, such as mommy bloggers. The slogan is “Know what to do about the flu.” Prevention goes a long way towards controlling the virus. The CDC recommends frequent handwashing, covering coughs, staying home when sick, and getting vaccinated. The CDC states that information is just as important as the vaccine.

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Other information on the swine flu from the CDC includes not overwhelming the emergency rooms. The CDC is concerned that people understand the dangers associated with the H1N1 virus. Trying to avoid panic while at the same time educating the public is a difficult task. By using these social sites, the CDC hopes to provide as much information as possible without widespread panic.

With advancing technology, the CDC and WHO have access to more and more people. Tools to educate the public are right at the fingertips of those who choose to use them. Information can be sent almost automatically, too. With the number one priority of the CDC being H1N1 at this time, technology comes in quite handy to help prevent the spread of the swine flu.

The CDC states that it is uncertain as to what will happen in the coming months, but it is better to be prepared for the worst. Swine flu vaccinations should be ready by mid-October. Being prepared also means to have medication for fevers, water or Gatorade to stay hydrated, snacks around the house, and antibacterial hand gel for the coming months. You can visit the CDC and their campaign against the H1N1 virus on Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube.

Sources: CDC
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