H2P Pandemic Influenza Message Guide

H2P Pandemic Influenza Message Guide


Teach your household members that pandemic flu can make them very sick.

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Q. How is pandemic flu different from the common flu?
A. Pandemic flu has similar symptoms to the common flu, but can cause more severe illness or complications because it is usually a virus that has never before circulated among people, so they are not likely to have immunity to it.


Q. What makes pandemic flu dangerous?
A. Pandemic flu, like seasonal flu, passes from person to person very easily, but it can cause serious health complications and de

ath without the proper care.

Q. How does pandemic flu pass from person to person?

A. Pandemic flu passes from person to person in two ways:

• Breathing the air when droplets are released from the nose and mouth of a sick person when they are sneezing, coughing or breathing.

• Touching surfaces—such as cups, telephones, or door knobs—contaminated by the sick person.

Q. How do I know I have pandemic flu and not the common flu?

A. Pandemic flu usually has similar symptoms to the common flu, such as:
Fever, runny and stuffy nose, sneezing, headache, fatigue and body aches.
It is difficult to differentiate the symptoms of pandemic flu from the common
flu, but a laboratory test can con rm infection with a pandemic virus. You should take the same precautions regardless of whether you have regular flu or pandemic flu.
Q. What do I do if I have u symptoms?
A. If you experience any of the symptoms, you should stay at home to avoid giving the virus to other people. If you start having complications, such as trouble breathing, you should go to your nearest health care facility.
Q. Are there particular groups in the community that are likely to get very sick from pandemic flu?

A. Pandemic flu viruses can severely affect all types of people, even ones who usually would not be at high risk of becoming very sick, such as healthy young adults. 

Usually, however, people over the age of 65, children under the age of two, pregnant women and adults with health problems such as heart and lung disease, diabetes, anemia, cancer, and HIV have an increased risk of developing other infections if they are infected by a flu virus.

Q. How can the flu cause serious complications?
A. Infection with the flu can lead to other infections, such as pneumonia, bronchitis, kidney and heart failure.

Seek information about the situation from a reliable and trusted source since symptoms, severity, and duration of pandemic influenza will not be known until the pandemic starts.

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Q. Where can I get reliable (correct) information?
A. Some of the people you can go to for more information are health workers, local authorities and public health experts. Staying in contact with such people will help give you access to correct information.

Q. What can we do to help keep our community calm during a pandemic outbreak?
A. The first step is to make sure that information being reported is correct and that
it comes from a credible source. During a national emergency such as an in uenza pandemic, the media plays an important role in helping to maintain calm and reduce panic. It can do this by regularly broadcasting correct information and by stopping rumors and misinformation.

Q. Where can I nd more information about pandemic in uenza?
A. There are several regularly updated web sites that you can visit that have in-depth information on pandemic influenza. 

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