Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Swine Flu Brings Up Important Topic

Good reminder to learn preventative measures and healthy habits

For Immediate Release

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (April 27, 2009)— The American Red Cross in Utah offers free safety tips to prevent the spread of flu in the wake of the 40 cases of the Swine Flu in the U.S, according to the Center For Disease Control as of 1:00 PM ET, today.

Red Cross CEO, Maxine Margaritis, said, “This is a very good reminder for all of us. The American Red Cross has excellent tips on prevention and health. People need to know how to prevent becoming ill, what to do if they become sick, what they need to do if they must care for someone who is sick.”

The American Red Cross recommends following these simple steps to prevent the spread of a disease:

· Wash hands frequently with soap and water or a hand sanitizer

· Avoid or minimize contact with sick people (a minimum 3 feet distancing is recommended.)

· Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

· Cover your mouth and nose when you cough and sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into the crooke of your elbow

· Stay away from others as much as possible when you are sick.

Also, stay healthy, adopt good business policies that encourage employees/students to stay home when sick and get a flu shot every year. Please follow health and travel recommendations from your local Health authorities and the CDC. For more information and free tips on how to be Red Cross Ready to prevent the spread of the flu, visit utahredcross.org.

For updates and additional information on swine flu check with:

Utah Department of Health www.health.utah.gov/

Salt Lake Valley Health www.slvhealth.org

And the Center for Disease Control www.cdc.gov/swineflu/

The American Red Cross in Utah www.utahredcross.org

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