Pandemic Influenza Emergency Preparedness FAQs
Basic Information You Must Know For An Environmental Emergency
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?
- What are the symptoms?
- Is there a high-risk population?
What is pandemic influenza (flu)?
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.
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms are similar to common flu but more severe and the complications are more serious.
Common symptoms include:
- Dry cough
- Sore throat
- Runny Nose
- Muscle pain
Is there a high-risk population?
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?
- Be Aware. Stay informed about both seasonal and pandemic influenza by watching the news, reading newspapers and visiting local, state and federal websites.
- Be Prepared. Preparing now could help during a pandemic influenza or other public health emergency. Stock up on non-perishable foods and emergency health supplies.
- Be Healthy. Be conscious how your choices affect your health. Habits are critical to limiting the spread of disease.
Curated from the Department of Human Services, Georgia Division of Family and Children Services , Original Publication August 2009
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