The 2009 H1N1 global pandemic was declared over by the World Health Organization (WHO) in August 2010. Even though the immediate pandemic threat has subsided, the Idaho Division of Public Health recommends a yearly flu vaccination as the first and most important step in protecting yourself against the flu. Stay Healthy
To help protect yourself and the people you are in contact with from getting the flu, follow these flu prevention tips:
- Get vaccinated.
- Seasonal influenza vaccine.
- Pneumococcal vaccine: Influenza makes people more susceptible to bacterial pneumonia. Pneumococcal vaccine can help prevent pneumonia, other illness, and death caused by pneumococcal bacteria. To determine if you are eligible for these vaccines, speak to your public health district or healthcare provider.
- Cover your cough.
- Wash your hands frequently.
- If you have a fever, stay home for at least 24 hours after that fever has ended.
Resources about how Idahoans can protect themselves and their communities from an influenza pandemic can be found in the Be Ready section of this Web site. Helpful information is available for individuals, families, schools, businesses, health care workers, and others.