May 01, 2009

News Release

For Immediate Release

Residents Cautioned Against H1N1 Scams

The Springfield-Greene County Health Department cautions area residents to avoid possible scams associated with the 2009 H1N1 influenza (previously referred to as “swine flu”).

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reports that fraudulent Internet sites are attempting to sell products that claim to prevent, treat or cure H1N1 influenza. FDA officials state these offers should be ignored. Officials are informing offending Web sites that they must take prompt action to correct and/or remove promotions of these fraudulent products, or face immediate enforcement action.

Although the CDC has begun initial work on a vaccine against H1N1, there is no existing product at this time. The health department will continue to provide information to area residents as it becomes available.

The best protection against H1N1 influenza right now includes proven disease prevention methods such as proper hand washing, avoiding touching your face, and keeping a distance from people who are ill.

The health department also encourages individuals who have flu-like symptoms – such as a fever, cough, runny or stuffy nose, headache, body ache or tiredness – to remain home until their symptoms go away.

For more information on H1N1 influenza, or how to protect your family against illness, visit the health department’s Web site at www.springfieldmo.gov/health or call the public health information line at 417-864-1166.

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