Media Release
The Sonoma County Department of Health Services and the Sonoma County Health Officer have offered the following
recommendations on what we can do to prevent exposure to the swine flu:
What can the public do to prevent exposure to swine flu?
Control of an infectious disease is a shared responsibility – individuals have a key role in reducing their own likelihood of getting infected.
Simple protective measures work best:
The swine flu is spread mainly through coughing or sneezing by infected people.
Individuals may be infectious for a day or two before they feel sick and they may continue to be infectious up to 7 days after they become sick.
Avoid close contact with anyone who is sick with flu‐like symptoms.
Hand‐washing is the best defense. Wash your hands frequently. Alcohol based gels are also effective. Teach children to wash their hands.
Stay home if you become ill. Do not go to work if you are sick. Keep sick children home from school.

Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
If you become ill:
Symptoms of swine flu are similar to regular seasonal flu.
Fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and tiredness. Some people have reported diarrhea and vomiting with swine flu.
If symptoms persist or are severe, do not delay in contacting your doctor. Your doctor will determine if you should be tested or receive treatment.

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