H1N1 influenza is predicted to be everywhere this fall, but keeping yourself -- and those around you -- healthy is a fairly low-tech job, experts say. Like most influenza viruses, H1N1 is spread through coughs and sneezes, and sometimes from touching a surface an infected person has coughed or sneezed on.
To Avoid Infection
Vaccines should be available by October, and available (for Allegheny County residents) through the Allegheny County Health Department. Vaccines might require more than one injection.
Be sure to get shots if you: are pregnant; live with or care for children under 6 months old; are a health-care or emergency-services worker; are ages 6 months to 24 years; or have pre-existing conditions like diabetes or a weakened immune system. Local health departments are awaiting word from the federal Centers on Disease Control on how the vaccines will be distributed. For updates, see www.achd.net.