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Pandemic Flu Preparedness Guides for Families, Businesses, Medical Providers, and Community Groups Released by Trust for America's Health
Date:4/30/2009

WASHINGTON, April 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Trust for America's Health (TFAH) today re-issued a series of It's Not Flu As Usual guides on pandemic flu preparedness for families, businesses, medical providers, and community groups.

"Worry and fear will not protect us -- knowing the facts and planning ahead will," said Jeff Levi, Ph.D., Executive Director of TFAH. "All of us want to do the right things to protect ourselves and our families in the event of a health emergency. These guides provide information that can help prepare for not just for a potential pandemic flu outbreak, but also for many other types of health emergencies."

The It's Not Flu As Usual guides provide recommendations in case a major pandemic breaks out. In the event that high levels of illnesses develop and worries about the disease spread, "business as usual" may cease. Public health officials may recommend to closing schools, limiting public gatherings, and staying home from work or school. During a severe pandemic, experts predict that businesses and organizations may face cumulative absentee rates of 10 percent at any given time or 40 percent over three to four months. Absentees could include sick employees, those who are caring for others who are sick, and individuals who may want to avoid the workplace for fear of being exposed to the virus.

RECOMMENDATIONS FOR INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES:

  • Learn about common-sense precautions to prevent the spread of flu and teach them to your children or other family members. Avoid close contact with people who are sick, stay at home when you're sick or have flu symptoms, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, clean your hands, avoiding touching your eyes, nose, or mouth, and practice general good health habits.
  • Practice other good health habits.
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