Public Health officials with the Northwest Georgia Department of Public Health are continuing to look for any sign of the new H1N1 influenza, commonly known as “swine flu”. Officials with the Northwest Georgia Public Health District which includes Chattooga, Walker, Catoosa, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Haralson, Paulding and Polk counties say that there have been no confirmed cases in the area, but they continue to test for the strain of influenza. Northwest Georgia Public Health epidemiologists along with staff from the local, state and federal public health are looking for the “swine flu” and are providing laboratory diagnoses and support for suspect cases.There is no vaccine available right now to protect against H1N1 influenza. There are everyday actions that can help prevent the spread of germs that cause respiratory illnesses like influenza. Take these everyday steps to protect your health 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 before you eat or after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective, if needed. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way. Try to avoid close contact with people who are sick with flu-like symptoms. If you get sick with influenza, CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school; and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.