April 28, 2009

As spoken during each Table Top Exercise, many methods can be used to assist in preventing the spread of germs. This is effective during regular flu seasons as well as in other emerging health issues such as Avian and Swine Flu infections.

1. DO NOT COUGH OR SNEEZE INTO YOUR HANDS.

      Germs can stay alive on your hands for up to five minutes, and can be transferred to inanimate objects (such as phones, door handles, etc).

2. Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water for 15 – 20 seconds; rinse with clean water.

3. If you cough or sneeze, use a tissue, discard it immediately and wash your hands as described in step two.

4. If you do not have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your sleeve. Bring your elbow to cover your nose and mouth. WASH YOUR HANDS.

5. If you do not have soap and water available, use a hand sanitizer and apply to all areas of your hands!

6. If you have not already received your annual flu shot, speak to your Health Centre, Nursing Station or local nurse about getting one.

NOTE: Getting the annual flu shot will not prevent you from getting the H1N1 Type A Influenza, and is NOT a vaccine. However, it will help boost your immune system against flu viruses that circulate each year.

7. If you practice Traditional Methods of Healing, ensure you have enough medicines stockpiled.

8. Disinfect all surfaces to avoid contamination using one gallon of water mixed with a 3/4 cup of bleach.

9. Wash all fruits and vegetables with soapy water and then rinse well with fresh water before eating.

10. IF YOU FEEL ILL, STAY HOME. This applies to Elders, adults and children.

11. FORM A PANDEMIC PLANNING COMMITTEE WITHIN YOUR COMMUNITY.

12. For more details, review your Pandemic Influenza CD as provided at each Table Top Exercise.

13. Please refer to the two articles written by the SCO Pandemic Flu Coordinator. Click on the following links:

Pandemic Influenza: Preparing Communities; Preparing You

Pandemic Influenza: Protecting you, your family and your community

 

NOTE: Although the Human Swine Flu has Pandemic Potential, there is NO Influenza Pandemic anywhere in the world at this time.