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Swine Flu FAQ

Answers to your questions about swine flu.
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Can I still eat pork?

Yes. You can't get swine flu by eating pork, bacon, ham, or other foods that come from pigs. You can only get the 2009 H1N1 swine flu from another person.

What else should I be doing during the swine flu pandemic?

Keep informed of what's going on in your community. Your state and local health departments may have important information if swine flu develops in your area. For instance, parents might want to consider what they would do if their child's school temporarily closed because of flu. Don't panic, but a little planning wouldn't hurt.

Here's the advice from the U.S. government's pandemicflu.gov web site:

To plan for a pandemic:

  • Store a two-week supply of water and food. During a pandemic, if you cannot get to a store, or if stores are out of supplies, it will be important for you to have extra supplies on hand. This can be useful in other types of emergencies, such as power outages and disasters.
  • Periodically check your regular prescription drugs to ensure a continuous supply in your home.
  • Have any nonprescription drugs and other health supplies on hand, including pain relievers, stomach remedies, cough and cold medicines, fluids with electrolytes, and vitamins.
  • Talk with family members and loved ones about how they would be cared for if they got sick, or what will be needed to care for them in your home.
  • Volunteer with local groups to prepare and assist with emergency response.
  • Get involved in your community as it works to prepare for an influenza pandemic.

Items to have on hand for an extended stay at home:

Examples of food and non-perishables

Examples of medical, health, and emergency supplies

•         Ready-to-eat canned meats, fish, fruits, vegetables, beans, and soups

•         Prescribed medical supplies such as glucose and blood-pressure monitoring equipment

•         Protein or fruit bars

•         Soap and water, or alcohol-based (60-95%) hand wash

•         Dry cereal or granola

•         Medicines for fever, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen

•         Peanut butter or nuts

•         Thermometer

•         Dried fruit

•         Anti-diarrheal medication

•         Crackers

•         Vitamins

•         Canned juices

•         Fluids with electrolytes

•         Bottled water

•         Cleansing agent/soap

•         Canned or jarred baby food and formula

•         Flashlight

•         Pet food

•         Batteries

•         Other non-perishable items

•         Portable radio

 

•         Manual can opener

 

•         Garbage bags

 

•         Tissues, toilet paper, disposable diapers

 

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