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Thursday
Apr302009

Pandemic Flu Preparedness Resources

I am sure by now that many of you have already made preparations in your school and with parents for the possible flu pandemic. The information below is courtesy of the James Lee Witt Associates.
(Disclaimer: These materials have been prepared by James Lee Witt Associates for informational purposes only. In no way are they to be considered medical advice, or advice regarding diagnosis or treatment and are not intended to take the place of advice or treatment from licensed healthcare professionals.)

There are everyday actions people can take to stay healthy.
• Take common-sense steps to limit the spread of germs – Make good hygiene a habit.
• Wash hands frequently with soap and warm water or anti-bacterial wash.
• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
• Put used tissues in a waste basket.
• Cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve if you don’t have a tissue.
• Clean your hands after coughing or sneezing. Use soap and warm water or an alcohol-based hand cleaner.

Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
• Influenza is thought to spread mainly person-to-person through coughing or sneezing of infected people.
• If you get sick, CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.

Keep on hand a hygiene kit that includes the following items.
• Anti-Microbial Alcohol Wipes (in addition to antiseptic wipes in First Aid Kit)
• Non-Latex Gloves, in addition to those in First Aid Kit (readily available at paint supply and hardware stores)
• Soap less/Waterless alcohol-based hand sanitizer
• Face masks. (available at drug or hardware stores)

Here are some additional resources you may be interested in:

www.pandemicflu.gov. Federal government. Planning & preparedness outreach and awareness information, government alert phases and stages, control and management advice and traveler alerts and advice.

www.cdc.gov. Centers for Disease Control. Federal government. Planning & preparedness outreach and awareness information, government alert phases and stages, control and management advice and traveler alerts and advice

www.fema.gov. Federal Emergency Management Agency. Federal government. Emergency planning, preparedness, response and recovery information.

www.hhs.gov. Health and Human Services. Federal government. Human health information.

www.who.int. World Health Organization. Information of pandemic for the world

www.un.int. United Nations. Information related to Pandemic for countries throughout the world

www.worldbank.com. World Bank. Financial information related to pandemic