Friday, September 18, 2009

Seasonal and H1N1 Flu Contamination Prevention Tips

The influenza virus can survive on surfaces and infect people for two (2) to eight (8) hours after being deposited on the surface.

Here are a few steps and precautions you can take to help prevent infecting yourself and those close to you.

□ Practice hand hygiene and cough etiquette at all times.

□ Throw tissues in trash after you use them.

□ Minimizing contact with sick individuals.

□ Practice proper hygiene; wash hands often with soap and water.

□ Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth; this is how germs spread.

□ Get vaccinated. Go to to find vaccination sites in your area.

□ Disinfect common surfaces.

□ Have ill persons stay home (except to seek medical care).

□ Have ill persons cover coughs.

□ Avoid crowded areas whenever possible.

In the chance that a branch must be closed due to illness, please go online to or call (800) 388-3000 to find another branch close to you.

Seasonal Flu Updates

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Source: Center for Disease Control/

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