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Pandemic

A pandemic is a global outbreak.  An influenza (flu) pandemic occurs when a new flu virus:

  • Emerges that people never experienced before                     
  • Begins to cause mild to serious illness in humans
  • Spreads easily person-to-person worldwide

Reducing Your Risk
Protect yourself from flu by taking the same steps you would to guard yourself against colds and viruses.

  • Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze.  We were all taught to cough or sneeze in our hand, but when possible use a tissue or your sleeve.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water frequently throughout the day, especially after coughing and sneezing.  Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth to prevent the spread of germs.
  • Avoid sharing utensils and drinks.
  • Stay home from work or school if you are ill.
  • If there is flu in your area, avoid crowded and poorly ventilated public areas.
  • If you experience flu symptoms, consult a doctor.

What can you do to be prepared?
If pandemic flu occurs be prepared to shelter in place for at least two weeks.  In addition to a Disaster Preparedness Kit, you will want to include basic medical supplies such as a thermometer, pain and fever reducing medication tissues, and surgical masks.  For more information on sheltering in place, visit our Shelter in Place page.

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