The H1N1 virus is a big concern for Indiana residents, as it is for the rest of the country. Many local schools, day cares and churches are taking extra precautions in the fight against the growing virus threat.
Doctors’ offices have started to remove toys and magazines from their sitting areas. Churches are asking their ushers to wear gloves while collecting the morning offering. Schools are shutting their doors to prevent the spread of the virus. Indianapolis area hospitals are limiting the age of their visitors.
Individuals can do several simple things to reduce risk of contracting the disease and spreading it to others.
1. Wash your hands frequently and use hand sanitizer. Transmission of the H1N1 virus occurs through moisture droplets. Doorknobs, magazines in offices, desks, tabletops, pens and paper can carry the disease.
2. Avoid close contact with crowds. Many people will be contagious before they even know it. If possible, stay away from situations where you will be exposed to the virus.
3. Take care of yourself: Strengthening your immune system is essential to warding off any infection and fighting the bug if you are infected. Eat nutritiously. Get enough sleep. Drink plenty of water.
4. Call your health care provider if you have questions about symptoms, testing, vaccination, or medications.