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Staying Healthy and Prepared during a Flu Outbreak
04/29/2009

Flu News from Texas Health Resources

Staying Healthy:

  • Eat a balanced diet
  • Exercise daily
  • Get enough rest
  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Practice proactive health and hygiene  
    • Stay home if you get sick.
    • Wash your hands on a regular basis, especially after touching surfaces in public, contact with others and before and after eating.
    • Exercise cough manners, coughing into your sleeve or a tissue and not into your hands
  • Practice social distancing - staying at least three feet away from others in public

Be Prepared:

  • Plan for the possibility that usual services and your daily routine may be disrupted, including:  
    • Medical Services - physician offices; local emergency room, pharmacy, local urgent care clinic, etc.
    • Local schools and daycares
  • Have a disaster preparedness kit prepared
    • Estimate one gallon of water per family member per day
    • Stock nonperishable food items
    • Keep a full supply of prescriptions, first aid and personal items, including:
      • Glucose and blood-pressure monitoring equipment,
      • Medicines for fever (acetaminophen and ibuprofen),
      • Thermometer
      • Alcohol-based hand wash
      • Medication to treat symptoms of the flu (nasal decongestant, cough suppressant, cold and
      • flu medications)
      • Nasal aspirators for small children
      • Vapor rub for chest congestion
      • Humidifier
      • Feminine hygiene products
      • Baby wipes
      • Diapers
      • Formula for infants
      • Tissue
    • Organize and store important papers in a safe place, including:
      • Medical history
      • Copy of your driver's license
      • Immunization records
      • Birth certificates
      • Wills
      • Insurance papers
      • Medical power of attorney
    • Make sure to have plenty of ready-to-eat food items:
      • Canned food (tuna fish, vienna sausages)
      • Beans
      • Canned soups
      • Fruit bars
      • Cereal
      • Nuts
      • Dried fruit
    • Ensure that you have proper supply of food and any necessary medications for your pet
  • Stay informed by listening to radio and television news reports

 

Source: Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 

 

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