The H1N1 virus, better known as swine flu, is still a hot topic throughout America. Thankfully, as people are becoming more informed, the likelihood of contracting this flu decreases. Oklahoma is aware of this fact, and the State Department of Health is doing what it can to make Oklahoma citizens more aware and less afraid. Limited quantities of the vaccine have arrived in Oklahoma and are available at your local CVS, Walgreens, Target, and health care providers throughout the state.
Getting the vaccine is one way to help prevent contraction of the flu, but there are other, more obvious ways as well. These include:
- Washing hands often, or using a hand sanitizer, especially after sneezing or coughing and before eating.
- Staying home from work or school if you are ill
- Maintaining minimal contact with those who are ill
- Minimizing national and international travel when at all possible
Contrary to popular belief, you can not get swine flu by eating pork. Influenza is spread from person-to-person contact, so feel free to eat as much bacon as you’d like. Really, the dreaded swine flu is not much more than just a common sickness. Although there have been a rather large number who have reportedly died from the virus, most of these deaths occurred because of lack of access to proper health care. The vast majority of people who contract the virus will not need any medical care, and may not even know they have H1N1. For (lots) more information, visit http://www.ok.gov/health.