In response to concern and questions about “swine flu” West Virginia PBS aired a special Doctors on Call Thursday, April 30, to address this topic.
But in case you missed the program, there are online resources as well.
The National Center for Media Engagement alerted WV Public Broadcasting to some helpful resource links that we’d like to pass on to you.
If you want to know who to contact in West Virginia and what the state’s response plans are, click here.
If you live outside West Virginia, your state’s information can be found here.
You can check out the NPR Health blog and NewsHour Global Health pages for the latest swine flu coverage. You can also sign up for an RSS feed.
The CDC’s hand-washing video is online here along with other helpful videos.
At this time, you are advised to take these general precautions for preventing seasonal flu and other communicable diseases:
* Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
Throw the tissue in the trash.
* Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you
cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
* Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread that way. Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
* If you get sick, stay home from work or school and limit contact
with others to keep from infecting them.
- The Center for Disease Control's Swine Flu site
- West Virginia Bureau of Health, Infectious Disease Epidemiology (Click on Hot Topics)
- One Stop Shop for Swine/Pandemic Flu information