Protect yourself from H1N1

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

Summer is here and with winter coats long since put away, many people are thinking more about suntans than they are the chance of getting the flu.

But just because cold weather has gone away, it doesn’t mean the chance of getting the flu has passed us by. While the seasonal flu season is almost over, residents can still contract the H1N1 virus.

This week, the Brunswick County Health Department confirmed two adults in this county—one in Bolivia and one in Winnabow—tested positive for H1N1. While precautions are important year-round, knowing H1N1 is in the area should remind residents about the important steps that can be taken to help lessen the likelihood of contracting this illness.

Health officials recommend:

•Washing your hands frequently with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub.

•Covering your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.

•Avoiding close contact with those who are sick; and

•Staying at home if you are sick.

Don’t take unnecessary risks. Follow these steps to help lessen your chances of coming down with this illness.

For more information and the latest updates, visit www.ncpublichealth.com or www.CDC.gov.