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FOR RELEASE: February 24, 2005
Cover Your Cough
Public health officials at the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) are joining with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to promote the simple health habits that can keep you from becoming sick during influenza season. Cover Your Cough is a public health education campaign to remind Oklahomans of the practices that prevent the spread of germs that make you and others sick.
Some of the serious respiratory illnesses like influenza, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), whooping cough, and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) are spread by coughing or sneezing and by hands contaminated with these organisms.
The OSDH reports that influenza is now widespread in Oklahoma. To help stop the spread of germs that cause influenza and other respiratory illnesses,
OSDH public health officials recommend the following healthy habits:
In addition to covering your cough and other healthy habits listed above, there is still time for those who have not received their influenza vaccine to be vaccinated, since influenza activity in Oklahoma most likely has not yet peaked.
For information about influenza prevention tips or to get an influenza vaccination, contact your health care provider or the county health department in your area.
You can also find current information about influenza at the OSDH Web site www.health.ok.gov . Click on the “Flu Facts, Updates and Resources” link at the top of the page.
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