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Sunday, September 10, 2006

Preparing for a potential pandemic

Ron Sims and Dorothy Teeter have written a simple, broad, informative and easy to read overview of the potential for pandemic influenza.

It arrived in my mail late last week with illustrations and everything as the latest edition of the King County newsletter "Health Matters." Just the thing for someone who is easily confused, particularly about unfamiliar and alarming sounding events, like me.

The link is here. Health Matters. Print it out. Have your kids read it to you. Below is information on how to get hard copies, for yourself or your group. Better than anything else I have seen, it lets you know how to prepare and why and what to expect, from macro to micro.

Highlights:
  • Everybody will be sick or will be taking care of sick people
  • Avian flu is not pandemic flu
  • The single best thing you can do to avoid getting sick is to wash your hands
  • Health services will be rationed, health care givers will be sick, too, so be prepared to take care of sick people at home
  • Be ready to stay home yourself
The King County web site is good, too.

Also from the World Health Organization "Ten Things to Know."

Eliminating the fear factor as this sort of information and straight talk can do is a good start in successfully dealing with this event.
Re Health Matters Pandemic issue, If you want one hard copy for yourself or fifty for your group, contact
Meredith Li-Vollmer
Risk Communication Specialist
Public Health - Seattle & King County
999 3rd Avenue, Suite 1200
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 296-4313

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