Influenza Pandemic

Pandemics cover a wide geographic area and affect a large proportion of the population. When a new virus emerges it can easily be spread person-to-person, causing serious illness for which there is little or no immunity in the human population worldwide.

To protect yourself and others during a pandemic:

  • Practice frequent hand washing; wash thoroughly for 15-20 seconds.
  • Use a disposable tissue when coughing or sneezing.
  • Carry a small bottle of antibacterial hand sanitizer to use when hand washing is not accessible.
  • If ill, stay home from work, avoid public activities and keep your distance from family members.
  • Keep your distance from others who appear to be ill.
  • Avoid travel to areas with known outbreaks whenever possible.
  • Listen to local media and Public Health Department officials for detailed information and updates on a pandemic including symptoms, treatments, course of treatment action, and known cases existing in your area.
  • Create and maintain a family preparedness kit with water, food and medical prescriptions sufficient for a two-week period.

Click here for current information and guidance on the H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu) provided by the Center for Disease Control.

Click here for a Faith-Based & Community Organizations Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Checklist provided by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

Click here to get a kit & make a plan