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Prepare for a Pandemic

  • Prepare emergency kits Gather items for your survival kit, first aid kit, and emergency food and water kit. Officials estimate you will need to stockpile enough supplies to last each member of your family for at least one week.
  • Improve your overall health Healthier people are better at fighting disease. To stay healthy, eat healthy foods, live an active lifestyle and don’t smoke. Avoid heavy alcohol consumption and try to maintain a positive, balanced psychological outlook.
  • Wash your hands often Get into the habit of thoroughly washing your hands to prevent the spread of disease.
  • Cover when you cough or sneeze Get into the habit of sneezing or coughing into your elbow, shoulder or tissue. Don’t use your hands since anything you touch afterwards will be contaminated with germs. If you use a tissue, dispose of it as soon as possible and wash your hands immediately. 
  • Don’t share eating utensils or drinks Sharing can allow diseases to spread. 
  • Explore the option of working from home Ask your employer if you can work from home in a pandemic. Doing so can lessen the spread of influenza in the workplace as well as solve childcare and transportation problems. 
  • Prepare activities and exercises for children in your home Collect activities, games, and learning material for your children in the event their schools are temporarily closed. 
  • Get a vaccine when available Vaccination is the principal measure for preventing influenza and reducing the impact of epidemics. Various types of influenza vaccines have been available and used for more than 60 years.