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Airports take H1N1 precautions

October 12, 2009 3:41:10 PM PDT
Getting through airport security can be a tough task, and it may be getting a little tougher. Airport security screenings may now involve H1N1 checks, too.

The government warns that if you fly, you may be asked to pass through a screening device and have your temperature taken.

You'll also have to answer questions about your health, and could even be quarantined if someone on your flight shows symptoms of H1N1.

Airports are also posting signs warning passengers about the H1N1 flu, and asking them to stay home if they think they are sick.

Heather Gruhlkey says she likes the idea because she worries her 4-month-old daughter will be exposed to the virus while they travel.

"I don't want her to get it. You want people who are out in public to be well, be healthy, wash your hands, stay away from my child," she said.

Other travelers like Kelley Goertzen say the guidelines cross the line.

"There's the whole privacy issue of someone looking at me and profiling me in a different way because I may look sick," Goertzen said.

Chiquita Malone says she's putting her health into her own hands carrying hand sanitizer with her on-board.

"I am just going to wash my hands, take precautions, I have hand sanitizer, that's about as best as I can do," she explained.

The goal of the new guidelines is to make sure when you travel this holiday season, you don't bring the H1N1 virus with you.


NEW YORK SWINE FLU RESOURCE GUIDE

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ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

From New York City Health Department

Facts about flu
http://www.nyc.gov/flu

From Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

General information about swine flu
www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu

Swine Flu Case Definitions
http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/casedef_swineflu.htm

Swine Flu Infection Control and Patient Care
http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/guidelines_infection_control.htm

Preventing the Flu
http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/habits.htm

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