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Protect Yourself During Flu Pandemic

You may not be able to prevent a flu pandemic from happening, but there are many things you can do to protect yourself if a pandemic does occur.

Stay Healthy

  • Keep yourself in shape by eating nutritious foods, not smoking, exercising regularly, and getting enough sleep.
  • Get a flu shot every fall so you're protected against seasonal flu.

Avoid Getting or Spreading Infectious Disease

  • Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your sleeve.
  • Wash your hands often with warm soap and water.
  • If you don't have access to soap and water, use an alcohol-based, waterless hand cleaner.

Make a Family Emergency Plan

  • Know how you will get in touch with each other in an emergency and where you will meet.
  • Keep a list of emergency phone numbers in a handy place. Store emergency numbers in your cell phones under "ICE" ("In Case of Emergency"), so someone else can call your emergency numbers if you're not able to.
  • Know what routes you will use if you have to evacuate.

Create an Emergency Kit

Make sure your kit has everything you'll need to get by if you have to remain at home for a period of time - up to two weeks, if possible. Be sure to include:
  • A supply of drinking water (one gallon per person per day) and food that won't spoil (like canned meats and vegetables).
  • Basic equipment like a flashlight, battery-operated radio, batteries, and a can opener.
  • Personal care products including soap, toiletries, waterless hand cleaner, extra glasses or contact lenses, prescription and over-the-counter drugs, tissues and toilet paper, and any special items for infants or people with special health needs.
  • A good first aid kit.
  • Kitchen utensils and dishwashing supplies.
  • Extra clothing and bedding.
  • Other useful items like a notebook and pen, whistle, money and credit cards, extra car keys, medical and insurance information, and copies of other important documents.
  • Games, reading material, and other entertainment items. You might need to stay home for a while during a pandemic.
To learn more about being prepared, visit the ReadyPA website.