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Pandemic Flu Planning Checklist for Individuals and Families

May 03, 2009 - TRC

Mayo Regional Hospital, Hospital Administrative District #4

Pandemic Flu Planning Checklist for Individuals and Families

You can prepare for an influenza pandemic now. You should know both the magnitude of what can happen during a pandemic outbreak and what actions you can take to help lessen the impact of an influenza pandemic on you and your family. This checklist will help you gather the information and resources you may need in case of a flu pandemic.

To plan for a pandemic:
Store a two week supply of water and food for people and pets. During a pandemic, if you cannot get to a store, or if stores are out of supplies, it will be important for you to have extra supplies on hand. This can be useful in other types of emergencies, such as power outages and disasters.

Periodically check your regular prescription drugs to ensure a continuous supply in your home.

Have any nonprescription drugs and other health supplies on hand, including pain relievers (Tylenol and Advil), stomach remedies, cough and cold medicines, fluids with electrolytes, and vitamins.

Talk with family members and loved ones about how they would be cared for if they got sick, or what will be needed to care for them in your home.

If schools close, do you have childcare planned ?

Volunteer with local groups to prepare and assist with emergency response. Get involved in your community as it works to prepare for an influenza pandemic.

To limit the spread of germs and prevent infection:

Teach your children to wash hands frequently with soap and water, and model the correct behavior.

Teach your children to cover coughs and sneezes with tissues, and be sure to model that behavior.

Teach your children to stay away from others as much as possible if they are sick.

Stay home from work and school if sick.

Avoid touching your face, especially your eyes, nose or mouth


Items to have on hand for an extended stay at home:

Examples of food and non-perishables:

Ready-to-eat canned meats, fish, fruits, vegetables, beans, and soups
Protein or fruit bars
Dry cereal or granola
Peanut butter or nuts
Dried fruit
Crackers
Canned juices
Bottled water
Canned or jarred baby food and formula
Pet food
Other non-perishable items
Manual can opener
Garbage bags
Tissues, toilet paper, disposable diapers

Examples of medical, health, and emergency supplies

Prescribed medical supplies such as glucose and blood-pressure monitoring equipment
Medicines for fever, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen
Anti-diarrhea medication
Fluids with electrolytes
Vitamins
Thermometer
Cleansing agent/soap and water, or
alcohol -based (60-95%) hand wash
Flashlight
Portable radio
Batteries

What should I do if I get sick ?

If you become ill with influenza-like symptoms, including fever, body aches, runny nose, sore throat, nausea, or vomiting or diarrhea, you may want to contact their health care provider, particularly if you are worried about your symptoms.

Call your health care provider. They will determine whether influenza testing or treatment is needed.

If you are sick, you need to stay home and avoid contact with other people as much as possible to keep from spreading your illness to others.

Stay HOME (for 7 days once symptoms occur)

Control the fever (Advil or Tylenol)

Drink fluids

REST

Wash hands diligently

Cover your cough with a tissue or sleeve

If you become ill and experience any of the following warning signs, seek emergency medical care.

In children emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention include:

Fast breathing or trouble breathing
Bluish skin color
Not drinking enough fluids
Not waking up or not interacting
Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held
Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough
Fever with a rash
In adults, emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention include:
Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
Sudden dizziness
Confusion
Severe or persistent vomiting

For more information go to www.CDC.gov/swineflu


NOTE - This article reflects the views of the author and not necessarily those of the TRC Alliance Team.