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H1N1 Flu health advisory update

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Team Buckley leaders were given guidance by the Public Health Emergency Officer here May 4 for the H1N1 Flu outbreak response planning.

Leaders were advised of the efforts taken by the 460th Medical Group, in coordination with other military and civilian authorities, to monitor H1N1 activity and respond proactively to any changes in the local situation. As of May 4 there have been six confirmed cases of the virus in Colorado.

Personnel are advised to follow standard preventive activities at work, home and social settings. The following are recommendations for Team Buckley:

Protective measures
-- Wash hands with soap and water often and use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
-- Avoid close contact with people who are coughing and sneezing
-- Cough or sneeze into a tissue or inside the arm
-- Keep objects such as ID cards, pens, pencils, etc. out of the mouth
-- Sanitize contact surfaces such as door handles, elevator buttons, phones and keyboards regularly
-- Practice good health habits such as getting adequate sleep, eating nutritious food and keeping physically active

Signs and symptoms of H1N1
-- High fever greater than 100.5 degrees
-- Coughing and/or sneezing
-- Sore throat
-- Vomiting and diarrhea
-- Difficulty breathing

Actions to take if ill
-- Active duty should seek medical advice with their primary care team if they have flu symptoms
-- Civilian employees should contact their primary care team if they have flu symptoms and keep their supervisors informed of their condition.
-- Dependents should seek medical advice with their primary care team if they have flu symptoms
-- Tell the medical provider if they have had contact with a sick person or have traveled recently.
-- Inform supervisors, family and friends of health status
-- If possible, remain at home; avoid social gatherings and unnecessary contact with people.

For more information visit www.cdphe.state.co.us, www.cdc.gov, www.who.int/en
Or call the State Public Health hotline at 1-877-518-5608.
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