Pandemic Flu

The possibility of public health emergencies arising in the United States concerns many people in the wake of recent hurricanes, tsunamis, acts of terrorism, and the threat of pandemic influenza. Though some people feel it is impossible to be prepared for unexpected events, the truth is that taking preparedness actions helps people deal with disasters of all sorts much more effectively when they do occur

How can I protect myself?

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WHAT TO DO BEFORE A PANDEMIC FLU

  • Get vaccinated against seasonal influenza and pandemic flu
  • Wash hands often with soap & water and use a hand sanitizer
  • Practice a healthy lifestyle
  • Eat well
  • Get enough sleep
  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • De-stress
  • Exercise

WHAT TO DO DURING A PANDEMIC FLU

  • Stay 6 feet apart if you, or someone else, is sick
  • Wash hands often with soap & water and use a hand sanitizer
    • Wash hands thoroughly (minimum 30 seconds with soap) including between fingers and wrists
  • Cover mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing
    • Cough or sneeze into your sleeve or elbow rather than into your hand
    • Immediately discard all tissues and wash hands thoroughly or use hand sanitizer
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth
  • Stay home from work or school if you are sick
  • Stop shaking hands
  • Use your own pen or stylus
  • Don’t share cups, bottles, or utensils at home or work
  • Reduce trips to public places

WHAT TO DO AFTER A PANDEMIC FLU

  • Wash hands often with soap & water and use a hand sanitizer
  • Practice a healthy lifestyle
  • Eat well
  • Get enough sleep
  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • De-stress
  • Exercise

 

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