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The Best Weapon In Flu Fight

Use common sense.

That's the best way to avoid catching the flu - and prevent its spread to your family, co-workers and others you encounter in your daily travels, according to Dr. Jeffrey Erinoff, SEPTA's medical director.

The transit authority is doing its part to help keep customers and employees healthy with daily cleanings of stations and vehicles. But there are also a number of things everyone can do to avoid getting sick, and prevent spreading germs to others:

Wash your hands frequently; also use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer

Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, particularly if your hands have not been thoroughly washed or sanitized

Carry tissues and/or handkerchiefs to cover your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing

If you haven't already, get the seasonal flu shot. Contact your doctor or seek out one of the many options available for getting the vaccine

If you're sick, stay home! By coming to work, you not only put others at risk of getting sick, you also deprive yourself of rest that is crucial to fighting off the flu

This year, flu season brings with it concerns over the H1N1 virus. However, Dr. Erinoff stressed that riding buses, trains and trolleys is safe, and you can reduce your chances of catching the H1N1 virus by following the same preventive measures as you would to avoid the seasonal flu. Erinoff also noted that, for the vast majority of people who contract H1N1, there is little difference from the seasonal flu in terms of symptoms, severity of sickness and recovery time.

The transit authority will regularly update customers and employees about any relevant H1N1 and seasonal flu information through signs, public announcements, and information available on this website. The latest Passenger Etiquette campaign also focuses on the flu, encouraging customers to remember some common courtesies to help prevent the virus from spreading.

Dr. Jeffrey Erinoff and medical staff provide flu shots and other employee health services