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Pandemics - 6 Critical Things to Know - Augason Farms

Pandemics - 6 Critical Things to Know

Pandemics - 6 Critical Things to Know

  1. What is a flu pandemic?

 

When a new flu virus spreads around the world, it is considered a pandemic. It is a virus that spreads quickly and infects the nose, throat, and lungs.  

 

  1. What is the difference between seasonal flu and a flu pandemic?

 

Typically, flu pandemics develop from a new virus that spreads from animals to people. Because it is a new virus, it can spread easily and quickly, causing wide-spread illness.  

 

  1. Am I protected if I’ve had a seasonal flu vaccine?

 

It is unlikely that a seasonal flu vaccine will protect you from a flu pandemic because vaccines help protect you from viruses that experts anticipate will make people sick. Any new virus that causes a flu pandemic is unlikely to be a virus that experts planned for. 

 

  1. How do I prepare for a flu pandemic ahead of time?

 

  • Keep a pandemic kit in every location you spend a lot of time: home, work, school, car, commute. 
  • Make sure every person in your home or office has a flu pandemic kit. 
  • Stock up on food, water, and medicine for at least 72-hours, preferably a full week. Remember, stores may close to keep their employees safely at home. Supplies may not be readily available. 
  • Create and communicate an emergency plan for all family members and practice frequently. 
  • Make a list of each family member’s health information, including medications; keep the list in each person’s pandemic kit.  

 

  1. How do I stop the spread of germs?

 

  • Avoid close contact with anyone who is sick. 
  • If you become sick, stay home. 
  • Do not return to work or school until your fever has been gone (without the aid of fever-reducing medicine). 
  • Cover your nose or mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze; throw the tissue in the trash immediately. 
  • Frequently wash your hands with soap and water or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water is unavailable. 
  • Keep germs out of your body by not touching your mouth, eyes, and nose. 

 

  1. What do I do if a flu pandemic happens? 

 

  • Stayed informed. In the event of a flu pandemic near you, follow the advice of local officials regarding closures at schools, businesses, and public transportation locations.