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Some tips on the preventive measures. To take the necessary precautions.

Hopefully the Malaysian government is not taking things ligthly:

from: http://gary54.wordpress.com/2009/04/25/flu-prevention-preventive-measures/

Flu Prevention – Preventive Measures

Imagine scheduling a major sporting event and no one came!   Apparently that is what will happen tomorrow afternoon at two Mexican soccer matches.  Mexican health officials are monitoring airports, subways and other public transportation areas and pulling people who appear to be sick.   Hundreds of people have already died this week in Mexico City despite reports here in the US that only 60 or so have died.  My wife, who is in Mexico City now, says that the news reports in Mexico are much different.

Many in Mexico are angry that the government downplayed the inital outbreak of the flu and only after hundreds have died are beginning to take action.  In the US, there has been little discussion of this issue.  Remember that governments tend to be REACTIVE instead of PROACTIVE.  Health officials are worried that this current flu outbreak could cause a pandemic with the power to kill millions.  The reason is because this new virus appears to be a mix of human, pig and bird viruses.  Humans have no defenses against pig and bird viruses.  With this in mind, take it upon yourself to immediately begin taking precautions to avoid getting the flu.

1.  When possible, avoid being in crowded places such as shopping malls centers of public transportation and so forth.  These measures are now being taken by people in Mexico City, but perhaps it’s already too late.

2.  Wash your hands often using an anti-bacterial soap.  Some experts have recommended that you should wash your hands for 20 seconds to be safe.

3.  Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.  This is how bad bugs can get into our system.

4.  Consider wearing a mask to cover your nose and mouth.  Consider getting a supply immediately.  If the flu outbreak hits the US, you may not be able to find any.

5.  Cover your mouth when sneezing and/or coughing and remind others to do so.

6.  Take ample quantities of Vitamin C to enhance your immune system.  Vitamin C is the most cost-effective anti-oxidant you you can buy.  It supports the immune system and fights viruses and bacteria.  For the best protection, consider taking at least 2 grams of Vitamin C three times a day.  Your body does not retain it and passes it out of your body through urine.  So taking it throughout the day will ensure that you get maximum benefits.

If you start to feel sick, take precautions so that you don’t spread the virus.  While most people try not to avoid work and go in even when they are sick, now is not to take chances with your life and the lives of your co-workers.  Here are some other tips to help you battle the flu:

1.  Stop eating and just take liquids.  Your body is waging war against an enemy and needs all of the power it can muster up.  The digestion process is an energy-consuming process.  You need to let your body focus on the important work.

2.  Consider increasing your dosage of Vitamin C.  If you have concerns about taking more than the government’s minimum daily requirements, contact your physician or other health care professional.  These comments are my personal opinion and are not meant to be medical advice.

3.  Get rest.  Take a day off from work.  Try to get good sleep.  When you are in a deep sleep, your body produces immune-enhancing compounds that can help you recover more quickly.  Stay home.  Don’t take the chance of infecting others.

Don’t trust your health and your life to governments that have proven to be reactive instead of proactive.  The blame game won’t work well when you are sick.  It’s up to you to take responsibility for your life and take adequate precautions against the flu outbreak.

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Additional/Similar tips from CDC http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/investigation.htm:

Influenza is thought to spread mainly person-to-person through coughing or sneezing of infected people. There are many things you can to do preventing getting and spreading influenza:

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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