Concerned about H1N1?
Local public health departments, emergency management agencies, hospitals and many others are closely monitoring the current public health situation related to the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus, also known as swine flu. Public officials have plans in place to treat patients and distribute medications should the situation worsen.
What you should do now:
There are several key steps you can take to protect yourself and your family from the flu virus.
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 hand cleaners are also effective.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
If you are sick, do not go to work or school. Limit contact with other people to keep from infecting them.
If you donít have one yet, develop a family emergency plan. This should include storing a supply of extra food, medicines and other essential supplies.
Source: Mid-America Regional Council
For more information, visit MARC's Prepare Metro KC.
Or to speak to someone about the H1N1 flu, please contact 1-877-FLU-4141 (1-877-358-4141). This number will be answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week. H1N1 flu infoline specialists will answer questions and concerns about flu symptoms, when to seek medical care and the new H1N1 vaccine, now available at locations throughout the state.