Monday, April 27, 2009

H1N1 (Swine) Flu

Prevention is always the best medicine!

Protect yourself and your community. There are simple (green) ways to prevent the spread of swine flu, and other communicable diseases.
  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Cover your mouth and nose during coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your arm
  • Avoid sick people
  • Stay home if you're ill
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Sleep!
  • Drink plenty of water and eat well
  • Exercise
  • Minimize stress
If you find yourself getting sick, please do not go to work! Call your doctor and discuss your condition. Some doctors are willing to do house calls, like Dr Drew at Golden Leaf Clinic in La Grande.

The CDC reports that the presently circulating H1N1 flu is susceptible to two antiviral medications. With only 40 confirmed cases in the US, we don't know how difficult to treat this virus will be. Luckily, naturopathic physicians have multiple treatment modalities to draw upon that are not limited to pharmaceuticals.

For more information on swine flu please visit the CDC website.

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