Garrison Commander sends --

As we enter the summer months with more travel and exposure to others, it is important to remain vigilant about the ongoing threat of the H1N1 flu outbreak. At every level, leaders are participating in frequent updates with subject matter experts so that we can take swift and appropriate action as it is needed.

As you may be aware, experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta say they are not certain how severe this flu outbreak could be. Because H1N1 is a new virus, most people will not have immunity to it, they say, thus illness from H1N1 could be more severe and widespread.

As of this date, we do not see cause for alarm; however, I want us to remain in the preventive mode with this health matter, stay alert to H1N1 existence and aware of the simple, straightforward preventive actions we can take to avoid illness.

The simplest methods for reducing the potential of spreading germs are things everyone can do:

* Frequent hand-washing with warm, soapy water is the most overlooked preventive practice. When soap and water aren't available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

* When you sneeze or cough, cover your mouth. Keep your hands away from your eyes, nose and mouth.

* Avoid sick people. If you or someone in your family start having flu-like symptoms stay home from school, work and social events.

* If symptoms develop, consult your health care provider.

If you are a customer of Fort Myer Child, Youth, and School Services, please refer to the Parent Handbook for procedures dealing with contagious diseases and notices posted within the Cody CDC and School-Age Services Programs.

Andrew Rader US Army Health Clinic, as part of the DeWitt Health Care Network, is following U.S. Northern Command and Army guidance while communicating closely with the Northern Virginia Hospital Alliance to monitor the situation.

To find detailed information in multiple links on H1N1 flu, log on to www.fmmc.army.mil/sites/local/swine1.html.

See Rader Clinic's H1N1 information brochure, attached, and call 703-696-3290 for questions and concerns.

Page last updated Fri July 22nd, 2011 at 12:16