An influenza pandemic occurs when a new strain of flu virus appears that humans have
no immunity against. This can potentially lead to an enormous number of illness and
death due to an increase in global travel as well as overcrowded conditions.
It is important that in the event of a pandemic we follow instructions given to us by local
officials. We may be instructed to keep our kids home from school, stay home from
work, or we may even be asked to shelter-in-place in our homes. This will help prevent
the spread of the new virus.
We can help prevent the spread of flu viruses by following these simple steps:
- Covering our mouth and nose when we cough or sneeze.
- Stay home from work when we are sick.
- Avoid touching our eyes, nose, and mouth
- Carrying hand sanitizing lotion with us for when soap and water is unavailable.
- Washing our hands often with soap and water.
Prepare for Pandemic Influenza
We can use these tips as a guide when
preparing ourselves and families
- Have a supply of food and water on hand to last 1-2 weeks. Because grocery
stores may be closed or items may be out-of-stock, it is important that we keep
enough food and water to sustain our families up to 2 weeks. The
recommended water supply is 1 gallon of water per person per day.
- Store an extra supply of personal hygiene products to last 2 weeks. This can
include items such as soap, shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant, toilet paper, and
feminine hygiene products.
- Keep items on hand that will relieve flu symptoms. These are things like Tylenol
(to reduce fever and pain), ibuprophen, cold packs, blankets, and humidifiers.
- Make a family care plan. This will include things like who will take care of the
kids if they become ill or if schools are closed, and who will take care of those
family members who are disabled or who have special needs.
- Keep an extra supply of medications that we take regularly to last up to 2 weeks.