What To Do About Swine Flu
Kelley Weiss/Capital Public Radio News
Health officials are asking the public not to panic as they investigate a possible case of swine flu in Sacramento.
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Just like with the seasonal influenza we’re used to, there are common sense ways to avoid catching swine flu. First of all, health officials say to wash your hands often. Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze. And, if you get sick, stay home. The virus is spread from human to human and not from eating pork products. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends taking a prescription antiviral drug to reduce symptoms of fever, fatigue, sore throat or possible vomiting. The Sacramento County Health Department says masks are not necessary for the public. And, you don’t need to go to the hospital unless you experience shortness of breath, chest pain, persistent vomiting or other severe symptoms. But, health officials are trying to track the cases so they’re asking anyone with flu symptoms to call their doctor.