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Pandemic Flu

A Pandemic is a global disease outbreak. A flu pandemic occurs when a new influenza virus emerges for which people have little or no immunity, and for which there is no vaccine. The disease spreads easily from person-to-person, causes serious illness, and can sweep across the country and around the world in a very short time.

It is difficult to predict when the next pandemic will occur or how severe it will be. Wherever and whenever a pandemic starts, everyone around the world will be at risk of catching the virus.

The Avian (bird) influenza virus is being monitored very closely by public health officials. Currently, most of the individuals who have contracted Avian influenza caught it from a bird. There has been no sustained human-to-human transmission of the virus at this time. However, public health officials are very concerned that the Avian influenza virus will evolve into a virus capable of human to human transmission.

For more information on preparing for Pandemic Flu visit:

www.pandemicflu.gov
www.adph.org/pandemicflu

SUGGESTED SUPPLIES

Store food and drink that does not need to be kept in the
refrigerator. Buy an extra item each time you shop to build a
supply. Check each item to see that it has an expiration date
on it or else mark it with the date you bought it.

TO GET READY FOR IT

TO REDUCE THE SPREAD OF VIRUSES AND GERMS AND PREVENT INFECTION

For more information, visit the Alabama Department of Public Health Web site: adph.org/pandemicflu