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Feature: Protect yourself from catching AH1N1

Legazpi City (13 October) -- Mitigating the influenza AH1N1, which has caused scare and panic to millions of Filipinos, is one of the priorities of the Department of Health (DOH). According to Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III, more than 2,000 Filipinos have become ill of Influenza AH1N1 to date.

The following are simple measures recommended by the DOH to protect yourself from the Influenza A (H1N1) virus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who show influenza-like symptoms (trying to maintain a distance of about 1 meter if possible);

  • Avoid touching your mouth and nose;

  • Clean hands thoroughly with soap and water, or cleanse them with an alcohol-based hand rub on a regular basis (especially if touching the mouth and nose, or surfaces that are potentially contaminated);

  • Reduce the time spent in crowded setting if possible;

  • Improve airflow in your living space by opening windows;

  • Practice good health habits including adequate sleep, eating nutritious food, and keeping physically active;

  • For mothers, continue to breastfeed your babies, studies on other influenza infections show that breastfeeding is most likely protective for babies it passes on helpful maternal immunities and lowers the risk of respiratory disease. Breastfeeding provides the best overall nutrition for babies and increases their defense factors to fight illness.

    "Prevention is better than cure." Flu is not lethal, unless your immune system is compromised or weak. Improve one's immune system by:

  • Eating a lot of fruits and vegetables since these are good sources of different kinds of vitamins and minerals that boost the immune system;

  • Exercise regularly, move! Eating healthy good is not enough. You should move your body and pump those toxins out of your body;

  • Have a positive outlook in life, if you feel good, usually you will look good. A healthy mind always means a healthy body.

  • Avoid anything that is too much. Remember too much is always a poison. (CPBabaran, NNC/PIA) [top]
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