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Infectologists teach the 5 steps to prevent H1N1 flu

Infectologists teach the 5 steps to prevent H1N1 flu

Infectionists at the Brazilian Society of Infectious Diseases warn of the five main steps to protect against H1N1 Influenza virus contagion. Vaccination and careful hand hygiene are essential to protect against the disease, but sleep and feeding care also weigh heavily on prevention.

Last year, 141 Brazilians took the virus, but this year in less three months (until March 22), the state of São Paulo alone had already reported 260 cases of the disease. As for the deaths, Brazil had 36 in 2015, but by 2016, 38 paulistas already died due to the complications of the disease.

Physician Nancy Bellei, of the Brazilian Society of Infectious Diseases, states that the H1N1 vaccine is the main weapon of the population against the disease. Avoiding contact with people with the flu, however, is also an important step. It is worth remembering that it is recommended that people with the flu suspend routine activities such as work and studies in order to prevent the spread of the virus in crowded places.

Nancy also warns of the importance of maintaining good immunity. When immunity falls, the risk of acquiring the virus potentially increases. "Practicing physical exercise, healthy eating, and regular sleep are also important for prevention," he explains.

Learn the five most important steps of H1N1 prevention:

Step 1: Be sure to get vaccinated against the H1N1 virus The vaccine will be made available by the SUS in April for groups at risk of greater complication such as the elderly, children from six months to five years, pregnant women, puerperal (who have just given birth), those with chronic diseases , employees of the prison system and the health area For those who are not in the risk groups, it is possible to take the vaccine in the private network;

Step 2: Avoid contact with people with H1N1 flu, such as embrace, kiss, and shake hands In a closed environment, try to leave the windows open for air circulation;

Step 3: Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water (even between the fingers, the wrists and inside the nails) and use alcohol gel for If it is not possible, do at least one of the following procedures:

Step 4: If you hold in public places such as doorknobs, handrails, subway and bus supports, eyes, nose and mouth while not being able to re-clean

Step 5: Avoid stress, anxiety, poor diet, sleep, drink and use drugs. This weakens the immune system and leaves the body even more exposed to the virus.


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