|A) Apart from the influenza antivirals, there are many measures that individuals can take to protect themselves and others from all respiratory diseases, including pandemic flu.
? General hygiene measures such as regular handwashing;
? Cough hygiene (turning away from other people and covering the mouth with tissues when coughing or sneezing, disposing of the tissues afterwards and washing hands after disposal of the tissues);
? When unwell, avoiding public places and contact with children or people with underlying illnesses;
? When attending a medical practice, alerting the receptionist to your symptoms so you can be seated away from others and possibly be given a surgical mask; and
? Maintaining good general health and staying up-to date with the recommended vaccinations, such as the seasonal flu vaccine for those in high risk groups.
? Avoid unnecessary travel to affected country.
? Proper cooking of chicken and eggs (more than 70 0C)
? Avoid unnecessary contact with live poultry specially in the affected countries (theses need special precaution e.g. mask, goggles, gloves when dealing with disease poultry .
? All Bahrainis are requested to cooperate and follow the laws and legist lation against hunting wild birds in order to protect our country.