Lifewise urges customers to take the same preventive measures they take during any flu season

Source: LifewiseWa.com
05/01/2009

MOUNTLAKE TERRACE, WA – (May 1, 2009) – LifeWise Health Plan of Washington is actively monitoring developments around the swine flu and is working with our providers, employer groups, and members to address the situation as events warrant. In the meantime, we continue to be focused on providing our members peace of mind about their healthcare coverage, and we are also working with our own employees to take appropriate preventive steps to maintain a healthy and safe working environment so we can continue to address our customers’ concerns and needs.

We urge our customers to take the same preventive measures they take during any flu season, including:

  • Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hands cleaners are also effective
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth since bacteria can live on surfaces you handle
  • Avoid close contact with sick people
  • If you become ill with flu symptoms, call your doctor for advice, and stay home from work, school or other public events
  • Try not to touch surfaces that may be contaminated
  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Manage your stress through exercise and plenty of rest
  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Eat healthy, nutritious food

Additional Information

For the most up-to-date information, preventive care tips, frequently asked questions and more, please refer to the CDC or WHO Web sites.

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/
  • World Health Organization http://www.who.int/en/

A variety of other reliable resources are available to help answer questions about the Swine Flu:

  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services http://www.pandemicflu.gov/
  • WA DOH: http://www.doh.wa.gov/swineflu/
  • Alaska DOH: http://www.hss.state.ak.us/
  • Oregon DOH: http://www.oregon.gov/DHS/index.shtml
  • Arizona DOH: http://www.azdhs.gov/
  • Health and Human Services: http://www.hhs.gov/
  • Government Pandemic planning site: http://www.pandemicflu.gov/

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