These pandemic influenza emergency preparedness FAQs are critical information provided by the Department Of Human Services and other public health agencies.
What is pandemic influenza?
A pandemic is a worldwide outbreak of serious illness.
Pandemic flu is different than a cold or the more familiar seasonal flu because it is likely to be more severe, affect more people and cause more deaths than seasonal influenza.
Symptoms are similar to common flu but more severe and the complications are more serious.
Common symptoms include:
Healthy adults are usually not at risk for serious complications from the seasonal flu.
However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns that adults, the very young, the elderly, and those with certain underlying health conditions are at increased risk.
Children with chronic health problems such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease, metabolic conditions, neurological and neuromuscular disorders are at higher risk.
In addition, all children younger than five years old are at high risk.
If you are not sure if you or your children are high risk, please check with your doctor or local health department.
What should a family do to prepare?
Curated from the Department of Human Services, Georgia Division of Family and Children Services , Original Publication August 2009
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