Sunday, January 08, 2006

Note: Stockpiling for avian flu recommended by Feds

A word to the wise? This deserves much greater coverage. The threat just got a little more serious with an outbreak of avian flu in Turkey. If death rates continue as they have, this flu will kill millions. If the government's response is inadequate, it will be up to individuals to protect themselves. This might mean quarantining yourself for months.

HHS press release
The handbook includes a "Pandemic Flu Planning Checklist for Individuals and Families" and "Family Emergency Health Information Sheet” to help people gather information and resources they may need. The checklist breaks activities into three categories: “To plan for a pandemic;" "To limit the spread of germs and prevent infection;" and "Items to have on hand for an extended stay at home." Examples of specific preparations include:
* Having any nonprescription drugs and other health supplies on hand, including pain relievers, stomach remedies, cough and cold medicines, fluids with electrolytes and vitamins;
* Talking 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 another home;
* Teaching children to wash hands frequently and appropriately, covering coughs and sneezes with tissues, and modeling the correct behavior;
* Having ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits, vegetables, soups, bottled water and cleaning supplies on-hand for an extended stay at home.
Why was this announced on New Year's day, when no one was paying attention?

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