Story last updated at 6/17/2009 - 11:02 am
As of June 12, six cases of H1N1 (swine) flu had been confirmed in Southeast Alaska, including cases in Juneau, Sitka, Skagway and Haines. Also as of June 12, 21 cases had been confirmed throughout Alaska.
Patients who have any flu symptoms - cough, fever, body aches, runny nose, sore throat, vomiting or diarrhea - are being asked by state public health and SEARHC officials to contact their health care provider before arriving, except in cases of emergency, to avoid infecting other patients in waiting areas. Those sick with the flu should stay home, except when seeking medical care, and not go to work or school. Sick adults should avoid public activities for at least five days and seven for children.
Other ways you can help prevent the spread of airborne diseases such as the flu include the following:
Wash your hands often with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water aren't available.
Use a tissue to cover your mouth when you are coughing or sneezing, and promptly throw the tissue into a waste basket when you are done.
Cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow instead of into your hands if you don't have a tissue.
Wash your hands or use a hand sanitizer after coughing or sneezing.
Use sanitary wipes to clean surfaces where germs gather, such as computer keyboards, telephones, light switches and stairway banisters.
Updated information on the flu in Alaska can be found at www.pandemicflu.alaska.gov.