-- Courtesy of
Deputy Speaker Earlene Hooper
H1N1 can be treated with antiviral drugs, so there is no need to panic.
If you have questions or concerns about H1N1, the state has set up a 24-hour toll-free hotline at 1-800-808-1987. The H1N1 vaccine is expected to be available in October.
Up-to-date information regarding H1N1, including travel warnings and alerts can be found at the CDC Web site, www.cdc.gov/H1N1 or the NYS Department of Health Web site, www.nyhealth.gov/diseases/communicable/influenza/h1n1/.
Stopping the flu is up to you.
The flu is spread from person-to-person and, occasionally, by touching something with the virus on its surface. Precautionary measures for both seasonal flu and H1N1 include:
Washing your hands often with soap and warm water. Alcohol-based hand cleansers are also effective.
Avoiding people who are ill.
Staying home from work or school if you are sick.
Using tissue when you cough, sneeze or spit, and dispose of the tissue in a covered trash bin.
Keeping hands away from your face. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
Cleaning shared space more often such as phone receivers, keyboards, steering wheels, door knobs and office equipment.
Refraining from sharing personal items such as forks, spoons, toothbrushes and towels.