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Stopping H1N1 Flu Spread

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A pandemic is a worldwide outbreak that happens when a new flu virus develops. Because few people are immune to the new virus, it spreads easily and quickly as is happening now with the H1N1 virus. While the federal government and states are preparing for a resurgence of H1N1 with the upcoming flu season, it is important that schools, businesses, local governments, and even families and individuals do the same.

“One of the most important things any of us can do to help prevent the spread of influenza is to practice good personal hygiene,” said Doneen Hollingsworth, Secretary of Health. “Basic personal hygiene can help prevent seasonal influenza, colds and other respiratory diseases and is even more important in slowing pandemic H1N1 influenza.” Basic hygiene includes the following steps:

* Wash your hands often with soap and water to protect against germs. Use alcohol-based hand gel if soap and water isn’t available.

* If you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue.

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* Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread when you touch something that is contaminated and then touch your eyes, nose or mouth.

* If you’re sick, stay home and keep your kids home when they’re sick – for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone (100?F or great).

* Practice other good health habits – get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage stress, drink plenty of fluids, eat nutritious foods, and avoid smoking.

* Get your flu shot annually to prevent seasonal flu.

* In community and home settings, facemasks and respirators are generally not recommended.

“And remember, just because these public health tools are old, doesn’t mean they’re not highly effective in preventing disease,” said Secretary Hollingsworth. “Our history of having vaccines and drugs to fight infections is really quite short. Much of our progress in reducing deaths in this country since the early 1900’s is due to improving hygiene practices, not to medicines.”



Clearwater, Florida – September 4, 2009 – With the fall season nearing and the H1N1 (Swine Flu) virus expected to ramp up to unprecedented levels, one website is offering its customers solace by giving away free N95 respirator masks that help prevent the unnecessary spread of the virus. “Swine Flu is definitely on peoples’ radar right now” says Zooblu buyer Rob Kral, “and until a vaccine is available to everyone, we wanted to offer our customers these masks free of charge”. With trials currently underway, experts expect that the Swine Flu vaccine will be available to the general public by October 15. Currently, the most effective measures to prevent the spread of the H1N1 virus include the frequent use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers, regular washing of hands using soap and water and the use of an N95 respirator mask. “The respirator masks that we are giving away on Zooblu are FDA approved N95 masks that meet the standards of the National Institute of Safety and Health for the prevention of airborne viruses” says Zooblu co-founder John Carlin. Zooblu is a newly-formed “Deal a Day” website that features daily products, user chat forums, live office video feeds and real-time user interaction. “With the launch of Zooblu it was important to us that we did something that would immediately benefit our customers” says Zooblu marketing director Matt McAvoy, “with the rising of concern of Swine Flu, giving away respirator masks was a no-brainer for us”. To receive a free 2-pack of Swine Flu respirator masks, users can simply go to Zooblu.com and click on the “Gimme One” button. If you would like more information about Zooblu or would like to schedule an interview with co-founder John Carlin, please send an email to [email protected]
Parents, Teachers: I know of a great program called Germy Wormy Germ Smart that teaches kids to understand how germs spread and how to NOT spread germs. My daughter learned it at pre-school. It was so much fun for her, and amazing how quickly the kids learned healthier hygiene habits! The website speaks for itself: germywormy.com