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Seminole County's Response to Swine Flu



Many questions have come into the Seminole County Office of Emergency Management asking about the Swine Flu, and what citizens can do to protect their families against the strain.  It is important to note there are no reported cases in the State of Florida.  Seminole County is closely monitoring the situation around the Country and will send out advisories.  What can you do to protect your family?

 

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
  • Use courtesy cleaner when handling shared surfaces such as gym equipment, shopping carts, telephones, etc.
  • If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.
  • Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs especially when using shared surfaces.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to monitor the status of the influenza.  The Florida Department of Health is proactively responding to the event by enhancing surveillance and monitoring efforts.  Since the influenza season is winding down, any influenza occurring now will be carefully assessed to see if it is due to the new strain.

 

For more information on the flu vaccine or preventative steps, contact the Seminole County Citizens Information Hotline at 407-665-0311.

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Posted on: 4/27/2009

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