If you have a chronic condition like heart disease, diabetes, or even obesity, you need to take extra care to protect yourself from all types of the flu, but especially the strain pH1N1. Most people call it swine flu.
If you've had a flu shot this year, you have the best protection from swine flu. And make sure to get the shot. The nasal spray vaccine doesn’t work as well for people with chronic conditions. Ask your doctor if you should also get a pneumonia vaccine as well.
Insist Your Close Family Members Get the Vaccine
Your family and caregivers -- anyone who is around you on most days -- can help prevent you from getting the flu by getting the vaccine themselves.
Wash your hands often with soap and water. That includes before, during, and after preparing food; before eating; before and after touching someone who’s sick; before and after treating a wound; after using the bathroom, changing diapers, or helping a child in the bathroom; and especially after you blow your nose, cough, or sneeze. Use hand sanitizer when you can't wash your hands.
Don't touch your face unless you have washed your hands. Touching your mouth, nose, or eyes can spread the virus to your lungs and throat.