Pandemic Flu ... What YOU need to do!
Pandemic Flu occurs when a new flu strain starts spreading easily and quickly from person to person and travels around the world.
Your cooperation is key during any pandemic! An influenza pandemic could have a devastating impact on ourselves, our families, and our communities.
Recognizing Pandemic Flu Symptoms...
The symptoms of influenza may develop quickly. They include:
Fever - greater than 100*F
Body aches, sore muscles and joints
Feeling very cold or having shaking chills
If you have mild symptoms... STAY HOME and...
Drink plenty of fluids (broths, soups, water)
Take fever medication - acetaminophen (Tylenol or other brand names) or ibprofen (Advil, Motrin, or other brand names)
Keep a Wellness Log (write down the date and time of symptoms and any medications given. Update as symptoms change.)
But, you must CALL your DOCTOR for the following...
If you are breathing rapidly at rest
If your skin is bluish in color
If you are confused
If you are so dizzy or weak that standing is difficult (especially, in a person who was able to walk before the illness.)
If you have dark urine
If you have a fever for more than 3 days
If you have worsening symptoms
Things to consider when someone at home is sick...
The flu virus is spread from person to person by coughing or sneezing. This spreads the droplets of the infected person to the non-infected person. Follow these tips to protect yourself and others in your home:
Avoid close contact (within 6 feet) with sick people as much as possible.
One person should be the care provider and that person should wear a mask to limit exposure.
Wear gloves when in contact with any body fluids.
Keep personal items separate.
Avoid sharing computers, pens, clothing, towels, sheets, food, or eating utensils.
Washing clothes or dishes together is okay. Use soap and very hot water.
Disifect door knobs, phones, switches, handles, toys, or any other surface commonlyu touced around your home or workplace.
1 gallon water
1/4 cup bleach
Dehydration occurs when the body loses too much water and cannot replace it quickly enough. Dehydration can be very serious; therefore give soothing drinks as soon as flu symptoms are identified.
Prepare NOW for Pandemic Flu or any Emergency...
Plan ahead for what you and your family would need for an extended period of time of at least 2 weeks. Keep extra supplies of food, water, medications, and disaster kit supplies on hand.
Emergency Kit Suggestions...
Soap, detergent, bleach
Alcohol-based hand sanitizer
First aid kit
Bottled water (1 gallon per person per day)
Paper products (tissues, toilet paper, etc.)
Battery operated radio/batteries
History of Pandemic Flu...
Flu pandemics have happened in the past and are likely to happen again sometime in the future. No one can predict when.
In the 1900's there were 3 flu pandemics. The most deadly one occurred in 1918, killing about 675,000 in the United States.
On June 11th, 2009, the World Health Organization declared Novel Influenza A H1N1 to be a pandemic due to its ongoing global spread of disease.
Flu viruses spread easily and the strains of flu are constantly changing.
Modern travel allows viruses to circle the globe quickly. It can take many months to make a vaccine after the virus is identified.
No matter what virus causes a flu pandemic, the same basic steps can help us prepare.... ARE YOU PREPARED?
Sources of Information...
Many of the recommendations are from the US Department of Health and Human Services, the Center for Disease Control, the New York State Department of Health, and the American Red Cross.
For more information, you may call:
Steuben County Public Health & Nursing Services at: (607) 664-2438
Or you may visit the following websites:
Please follow any current directions given on your local TV and radio stations.
Help us prepare... VOLUNTEER!
Please register at:
Steuben County Public Health & Nursing Services
Finger Lakes Public Health Alliance