Flu season: Lower your risk

swine fluThe Bastyr Center for Natural Health, in Seattle, Washington has published common sense recommendations.

Let’s focus on proactive actions to stay healthy.

  • Practice good hygiene — thoroughly wash your hands during the day.
  • Cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • If you have flu or flu-like illness, stay home for at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever (100° F or 38° Celsius or greater) or signs of a fever without taking a fever-reducing medication.
  • Get plenty of sleep, eat healthy, and exercise.
  • Talk with your doctor if you have a compromised immune system.
  • Discuss with your doctor about whether you should receive the H1N1 vaccine

The bottom line?
The site contains more information on H1N1 (swine flu), and what to do if you get sick.

It also lists the emergency warning signs that require urgent medical attention

10/3/09 19:17 JR

Hi, I’m JR

John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.