There is a lot of talk lately in the newspaper and on TV – and maybe even at your school – about the H1N1 (Swine) flu virus. Here is a movie to watch that will help clear up questions you might have about the virus. Questions like: Swine Flu, H1N1, what’s the difference? How do people get it? Will I get it? How sick do people get? Is there a vaccine? Can I get a vaccine? Watch the movie, show it to your teacher or your parents, and talk to them about questions you might have.
If hearing about H1N1 make you worry, ask questions. Knowing the answers to your questions will help you worry less about it. One thing that helps is knowing what you can do to help take care of yourself.
What you CAN do:
- Wash your hands! A lot! Wash them before you eat – even before a snack. Wash them after you cough, sneeze or blow your nose. Wash them after you go to the bathroom. And washing your hands doesn’t mean just running water over them – USE SOAP!
- If you cough or sneeze, do that into a tissue or into your elbow. That way, you keep germs off your hands. You touch a lot of things with your hands and that is how germs are quickly spread from one person to another.
- Keep your hands and fingers out of your eyes, mouth, and nose. This means more than just “don’t pick your nose.” Everybody knows that. This means don’t pick food out of your braces, don’t lick your fingers, don’t rub your eyes, don’t put your fingers in your mouth to whistle, don’t put your fingers in your mouth to make a funny face…all those things that are normally OK - don’t do those.
- If you don’t feel good – STAY HOME.
Here are some more links to help you learn about the flu:
- KidsHealth: H1N1 (Swine) Flu
- Watch BrainPop Video: Washing Hands
- KidsHealth: Washing Your Hands
- KidsHealth: Should You Go to School