thekit (thekit) wrote,

Surviving an Influenza Pandemic

Bottom line: Stay at home for 10 days and it'll burn itself out.

Psycho-Social: telephone, telephone numbers for health care providers and community health information telephone lines, plans for speaking to friends and family members to support the caregiver, information on the care of influenza-ill persons, and information on the maintenance of infection control measures for the home.

Food and Non-Perishables: for extended stay in home (10 days): ready-to eat, canned fruits, vegetables, meats, protein/fruit bars, dry cereal/granola, crackers, canned juices/bottled water, peanut butter/nuts, baby food, pet food (as applicable), and toilet paper.

Health Supplies: soap and water-based and alcohol-based hand-washing supplies, medicines for fever control (acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and aspirin), thermometer, masks, tissues, home cleaning supplies, and other health supplies normally needed in the home sufficient for 10 day period.

Emergency Supplies: batteries, candles, manual can opener, garbage bags, and battery operated radio.

Patient and Caregiver Care and Support: plan for meal preparation, laundry, banking and essential shopping.

National and provincial pandemic influenza plans specify provision for local social service/public health support for these resource functions during a declared pandemic outbreak. Inform yourself of the methods for signing up for this support in your community as needed.
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