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Metro Gives Transit Customers Precautions To Avoid Flu

Friday September 04, 2009

Metro (Metro) is helping its transit patrons avoid getting the flu and other illnesses this season by providing simple, common-sense precautions they can take in their daily lives.
Throughout the month of September, Metro will roll out various efforts under its Flu Prevention Action Plan that communicates flu avoidance information to riders in as many agency channels as possible.

Beginning September 10, for example, rail posters will be placed at station ticket vending machines. Beginning September 18, Metro plans to add flu precaution tips to car cards posted inside buses and trains. Take-One brochures will be placed on board buses and trains as well as Metro Customer Centers and will be featured on metro.net. The web site also will include links to essential local and state health organizations.

Other outreach efforts will include publishing Health Tips in the October 2009 issue of Metro Monthly and adding health tips messaging to agency telephone hold messages.

To help reduce exposure to flu viruses on the Metro system, Metro has increased its sanitizing procedures in buses, trains and stations. The agency will monitor the flu situation with appropriate local, state and federal health agencies.
Specific safety precautions to avoid the flu and other diseases are as follows:

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • 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. Germs spread that way.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.

Influenza is thought to spread mainly person-to-person through coughing or sneezing of infected people.
If you get sick, it is recommended that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.

The H1N1 virus, formerly referred to as “Swine flu” is a new influenza virus that causes illness in people.

For more information, visit Metro’s web site at www.metro.net.

 


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