Wednesday, April 29, 2009

CDC Update

Swine Flu Update
With the recent outbreak of swine influenza, you are provided with updated information for you to share with your employees. As this is a rapidly evolving situation, the CDC will provide updated guidance and new information on their website, as information becomes available.
Swine Flu Update
Please see below for an update as to the progression of Swine flu in the U.S. Keep in mind there are vaccines available to be given to pigs to prevent swine influenza however, there is no vaccine to protect humans from swine flu. The seasonal influenza vaccine will likely help provide partial protection against swine H3N2, but not swine H1N1 viruses which are currently circulating.
Situation in the United States
As of 11:00 AM ET on April 28, 2009, CDC has confirmed 64 human cases of swine flu in the United States:
California: 10 cases
Kansas: 2 cases
New York City: 45 cases
Ohio: 1 case
Texas: 6 cases
For more information, please see the CDC Swine Flu website or visit or call 1-800-232-4636.
What You Can Do to Stay Healthy
There are everyday actions people can take to stay healthy.
Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hands cleaners are also effective.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.
Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
Influenza is thought to spread mainly person-to-person through coughing or sneezing of infected people.
If you get sick, CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.

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