While media can cause a stir among the public about the upcoming flu season, using common sense is your best defense against getting sick.
H1N1 flu is a virus that spreads in a similar fashion as seasonal flu, from person to person through coughs or sneezes, or contaminated hands or surfaces that are touched. People who are very young or old, are pregnant or have weakened immune systems need to be especially careful.
Wash, wash, wash your hands often using soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizers, use a tissue to cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing and dispose of it properly, avoid touching your face to prevent transmission of germs, and avoid sick people and crowds. Questions? Contact your health care provider about potential medications or treatments you may need and for additional information visit www.cdc.gov/h1n1.