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Mashup: Map of Swine Flu with Google Maps and Prevention Tips

The number of cases in the US has doubled in the past 24 hours. It is best to be prepared and stock up on food/drinks and make a plan for your family. No scare tactics here, just the truth.

View H1N1 Swine Flu map.

Wash your hands regularly. Count to 10 while washing to kill all germs.
Use wipes to clean grocery store carts before use and other publicly used items.
If you are susceptible to the flu, take extra precautions to protect yourself.

Sick employees need to stay home

CDC recommends that employees who experience symptoms of swine flu stay home from work until the illness passes. You don’t need any heroes in the office with this one. (“I haven’t missed a day of work in 18 years, and I won’t now.” Uh-huh. Yes, you will.)

How long until the illness passes? People with swine flu should be considered contagious as long as they display symptoms and possibly up to seven days after they get sick, the CDC says on its Web site. Employees with kids should understand that children, especially younger children, could be contagious for longer periods, according to the CDC.

From Swine flu resources on the Web

Here are some go-to sites for reliable information about the swine flu.

Your authoritative source: The U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC), Swine flu information.

CDC’s interim recommendations for facemask use.

CDC’s swine flu widget, which you can copy onto your own Web site.

Health and Human Services (HHS) press release about declaration of public health emergency.

USDA’s swine flu FAQ.

Follow the CDC on Twitter.

Follow Health and Human Services communicator Andrew Wilson on Twitter.

Google maps tracking the outbreak.

Election Day Finally! Vote and Get Free Stuff.

Finally our day is here to vote and be heard as a citizen of the United States of America. It seems like it has been two years in the making. Be part of history and vote with the highest number of record voters in an election.

After you vote, I’m sure you have heard of the various election day promotions. Get a free tall drink at Starbucks, get a free donut at Krispy Kreme or get free ice cream at Ben & Jerry’s. 

Mulberry Moon personalized jewelry and gifts is having a one-day election sale for 15% off. Use the code IVOTED and get ahead on your holiday shopping! I have already ordered my gifts for my family there.

Enjoy. It is a great day to be an American regardless of the outcome. We live in the best country in the world!

More deals:

USA Today: 
Voters can vote to pick up free stuff on Election Day

Due to possible conflict with election laws in various states, most are not requiring proof of voting. The free offers:

•Coffee. Starbucks expects to hand out “hundreds of thousands” of free 12-ounce drip coffees (valued at about $1.75 each), says spokeswoman Jenny McCabe. “If everyone who votes comes in for a free cup of coffee, we’ll have some lines,” she says.

•Doughnuts. Some 85 of Krispy Kreme’s 231 locations in the U.S. will hand out star-shaped, red-white-and-blue sprinkled doughnuts “while supplies last,” says spokesperson Dana Hughens. The chain will give out about 200,000 doughnuts valued at 99 cents each. “People are definitely talking about the brand as a result of this,” she says.

•Ice cream. Between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. in each time zone, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream shops will hand out single-scoop ice cream cones (a $3.40 value). “What better way to encourage people to be politically active than to give away free ice cream?” asks spokeswoman Liz Brenna.

•Sandwiches. In a local market promotion, several hundred of the nation’s 1,400 Chick-fil-A stores will hand out $2.70 chicken sandwiches to adults who show proof that they voted, says spokesman Jerry Johnston.

•Phone calls. Credo Mobile, a wireless company that donates money to progressive causes for calls its customers make, will offer free outbound calls to current customers during polling hours in their states. The cost could be about $250,000, says spokeswoman Becky Bond.

•Discount haircuts. Then, there’s Cristophe Schatteman, a top hair stylist known for giving former president Bill Clinton a $200 haircut on Air Force One. His salons in Washington, D.C., Las Vegas, Beverly Hills and Orange County, Calif., will offer all services — including haircuts — at half price today. A $500 haircut from Cristophe will go for $250.

Atlanta Update for Election Day Free Stuff:

11Alive Atlanta Update:

If filling up on caffeine and sugar isn’t your thing, take the family out for a day at the zoo. Zoo Atlanta is offering half-off admission for voters and their families on election day.

The Atlanta Business Chronicle reports that Atlanta-based barbecue joint Shane’s Rib Shack will give you a free meal for voting. Show your sticker after 11:00 a.m. Tuesday for a free “Vote America Meal.” The Vote America meal includes three hand-breaded chicken tenders, fries and a 20-ounce drink.

From the

> Melting Pot restaurants in Atlanta, Duluth, Roswell and Kennesaw are offering a free chocolate fondue dessert course or $15 off with the purchase of two three- or four-course meal. (

> Shane’s Rib Shack is offering a free “Celebrate America Meal” (3-piece chicken tenders meal with fries and a 20-ounce drink) to the first 300 customers at participating locations today. No age or voting restrictions apply. (

> Starbucks stand-alone stores are offering stickered voters a free tall coffee today. The offer does not apply to Starbucks kiosks located in bookstores, airports or other retail establishments. (

> Zaya Mediterranean restaurant in Inman Park (240 N. Highland Ave., Suite I, Building 2) will offer stickered voters half off all menu items under $15 from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. today. (404-477-0050;

> Zoo Atlanta (800 Cherokee Ave., S.E.) is offering voters 50 percent off admission today. One adult in a party must be wearing a voter sticker for discounted admission for everyone. (404-624-9453;