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Protect Yourself Against H3N2v

Take action to prevent the spread of flu between pigs and people.

Twelve new cases of human infection with a swine influenza virus (H3N2v) have been reported, with 10 cases linked to pig exposure at a county fair in Ohio. No human-to-human spread of this flu has been reported yet, and no hospitalizations have been required. To help protect yourself from H3N2v, wash your hands, avoid eating near pigs, and stay away from animals that have runny noses, coughs, or "goop" in their eyes.

PositiveTip: Standard precautions of hygiene and healthy living will help you avoid this and other flu infections.

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It's Easy to Avoid the Swine Flu Email Scam--Don't Respond!

Fraudulent emails now claiming CDC requires registration for State Vaccination Program.

Wouldn't you know it, now there is an email phishing scam that references a supposed CDC sponsored State Vaccination Program for the H1N1 flu. The message requests everyone over 18 create a Vaccination Profile at cdc.gov and provides a link to create such profile. Users who click on this link place themselves at risk of having malicious code downloaded to their computer. CDC has no such program, and this is a scam.

PositiveTip: Always use extreme caution when entering personal information on the web. Be 100% certain the request is legitimate and the site can be trusted.

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A Reason to Be Thankful: Flu Activity has Dipped

Lower influenza activity is good news--but will it last?

Happy Thanksgiving! PositiveChoices.com staff hopes you are enjoying a healthy and pleasant day.

There is good news on the U.S. flu scene this week: a downward trend in influenza activity. The question is, will it last? We hope so. CDC has started a four-point campaign to advise travelers as follows:

  • Travel only if well.
  • Wash hands often with soap or sanitizer.
  • Cough and sneeze into a tissue or sleeve.
  • Get vaccinated when possible, especially if you're in a high-risk population.

PositiveTip: Continue to make healthy choices in diet, physical activity, and rest to keep the flu at bay.

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Early Reflections on H1N1 "Swine Flu"

The recent H1N1 flu pandemic scare is more benign than feared, but could come back with a vengeance.

An early review of the recent influenza A H1N1 scare suggests this virus is more transmissible and lethal than the typical seasonal flu viruses. This is the conclusion of a team of epidemiologists who analyzed the recent outbreak of H1N1 in Mexico. They presented several interesting, but tentative observations: