Your Guide to Preparing for Pandemic Brochure
Because of the potential for a pandemic flu, the Erie County Department of Health wants you to know more about this possible health threat. This guide includes basic information about pandemic flu, individual and family preparedness, as well as where you can get more information.
What You Should Know
Pandemic influenza (flu) is a worldwide outbreak of a new flu virus for which there is little or no immunity (protection) in the human population. Scientists and health professionals are concerned that the current virus in pigs may develop into the next human pandemic. Pandemic flu can spread easily from person to person, cause serious illness and death.
When new pandemic flu spreads it creates a public health emergency. This emergency will not be like anything we’ve faced before. A pandemic will last longer, make more people seriously ill, and may cause more deaths than any other health crisis in our time. A long lasting and widespread outbreak of the disease could mean changes in many areas of our lives. Schools might need to temporarily close. Public transportation could be limited and air flights may be canceled. Because so many people will be ill, many employees will not be able to go to work and many businesses and public services may have to close or limit hours. It is very important to plan ahead. Federal, state, and local governments are taking steps to better prepare for & respond to a pandemic. Individuals also need to take action to be better prepared.
Want to Learn More?
This information is distributed by Erie County Department of Health, 606 W. 2nd Street, Erie, PA 16507, 814-451-6700, Fax: 814-451-6775, www.ecdh.org