A pandemic is a global disease outbreak usually caused by a new version of a virus, like influenza, that affects humans. An outbreak could require changes in social behavior that may last for some time.
Individuals, businesses and communities can take steps now to lessen the effects of a future pandemic. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services suggests that citizens do the following:
· Talk with local public health officials and care providers about the threat of a pandemic and recommended prevention and control actions.
· Adopt communitywide practices that encourage sick employees/students to stay home. Think about how businesses, schools, etc., can function with a minimal number of healthy individuals.
· Practice good health habits: eat right, exercise daily and get plenty of rest.
· Wash hands with warm water and soap.
· Cover coughs and sneezes with the crook of your arm. Do not use your hands.
· Stay away from groups of people, especially if you are ill.
· Stay informed about the outbreak and be prepared to follow new instructions.
For more information on preparing for and responding to a flu pandemic, visit:
· Just in Case Arizona
· Centers for Disease Control and Prevention