Opinion
Legislator Mejias serves as Chairman of the Health & Social Services Committee

During the past week there has been a significant amount of reporting and dissemination of information regarding the H1N1 virus, also known as the Swine Flu. I wanted to take this opportunity to provide you with resources where you can find updated information as well as some proactive means we can all participate in to keep our communities safe. The most important thing to remember is to remain calm.

Resources for finding the most up-to-date information regarding the H1N1 virus can be found at the following website:

New York State Department of Health

New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

The World Health Organization

The Centers for Disease Control

The websites can be located through any search engine on the Internet simply by typing in the name of the organization.

The best way to fight any virus is through prevention. Below are some tips you and your family can use, not only during the next few weeks, but regularly to reduce the number of sicknesses you and your children experience through the year. Following these simple recommendations will help prevent the spread of any sicknesses including the common cold.

Wash your hands often with soap and warm water. Alcohol-based hand cleansers are also effective.

Avoid people who are ill.

Staying home from work or school when you are ill.

Using tissues when you cough, sneeze, or spit and disposing of the tissue in a covered trash bin.

Keeping hands away from your face. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth, especially if you have not washed your hands.

Cleaning shared space more often - telephones, keyboards, steering wheels and office equipment.

Refraining from sharing personal items such as forks, spoons, toothbrushes and towels.

For more information regarding the H1N1 Virus you can contact the Swine Flu Hotline at 1-800-808-1987.


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