Newsroom > DHHS News Release

December 1, 2009

Leah Bucco-White, Communications and Legislative Services, 402-471-9356,

H1N1 Flu: 10 Ways to Stay Healthy at Work

Note: Sound bites on this topic are available at:

Lincoln – H1N1 flu continues to circulate in Nebraska. Dr. Joann Schaefer, Chief Medical Officer for the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services encourages people to protect themselves and others in the workplace by following these 10 tips:

1. Wash your hands – wash often with soap and water for 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water aren’t available. Be sure to wash your hands after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.

2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

3. Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your upper sleeve, but not your hands.

4. Keep frequently touched common surfaces clean, like telephones, computer keyboards, doorknobs, etc.

5. Don’t use coworkers’ phones, desks, offices or other work tools and equipment. If you need to use something that belongs to a coworker, clean it first.

6. Stay home if you’re sick. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that people with a flu-like illness stay home for at least 24 hours after they’re free of fever without the use of fever-reducing medicines.

7. Ask your doctor if you should get the H1N1 flu vaccine. The CDC recommends the following groups be among the first to receive H1N1 vaccine:

  • People 6 months-24 years old
  • Pregnant women
  • People who live with or provide care for infants younger than 6 months
  • Health care and emergency medical services personnel
  • People 25-64 years old with underlying medical conditions.

8. Get vaccinated against seasonal flu.

9. Maintain a healthy lifestyle through rest, diet and exercise.

10. Learn more about H1N1 at or .


Source: CDC