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H1N1 (Swine) Flu - How To Protect Yourself

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H1N1 (Swine) Flu - How to Protect Yourself


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says the disease's threat lies in its contagious nature. Swine flu is thought to spread in a manner similar to that of the common flu, through human contact such as coughing or sneezing. The disease also spreads through contact on surfaces, most commonly cafeteria tables, doorknobs or desks. One with swine flu is contagious one day prior to becoming sick and up to seven or more days after.

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Information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) about both the H1N1 Influenza Vaccine in both the injectible (shot) form as well as the Live Attenuated (H1N1 Flu Mist for swine flu) can be found below in the links below.

Vaccine information sheet
- Nasal Spray Vaccine ("flu mist")
Vaccine information sheet - Injectible ("flu shot")

To find out more information about H1N1 vaccine availability, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) web site at or the Alameda County Department of Public Health’s web site at You may also call Washington Hospital’s Health Connection hotline at (800) 963-7070 or visit the Hospital’s web site at

Learn Simple Steps to Protect Yourself and Others - Click on the links below to download important flu prevention information.

Is the H1N1 virus contagious?
The CDC has determined that this swine influenza A (H1N1) virus is contagious and is spreading from human to human. However, at this time, it is not known how easily the virus spreads between people.

How to Protect Yourself and Prevent Others From Getting the Flu
To keep yourself healthy and free of swine flu, wash your hands continuously and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth frequently.  Hands may be washed with soap and hot water or with hand gels containing alcohol to kill viruses and germs. You should avoid close contact with people who are sick and maintain a healthy lifestyle filled with sufficient sleep, physical activity and a well-balanced diet.

Can I get swine influenza from eating or preparing pork?
No. Swine influenza viruses are not spread by food. You cannot get swine influenza from eating pork or pork products. Eating properly handled and cooked pork products is safe.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2009

For more information about the flu (including the swine flu), visit these web sites: