A recent survey of American adults found that 76% worried about becoming ill if they had to stay home and take care of the sick during a severe flu pandemic.1
  Learn infection control measures. 


Setting up a Sick Room

Wash hands for 15 seconds with soap and water

infection prevention

Cover a cough or sneeze with tissue

prevent infection
How to Use the e-Book

This e-Book is a practical resource for people to use during a pandemic when access to regular health care services may be very limited. Each section provides detailed step-by-step guides and resources. The appendices include checklists and contact information for additional organizations and websites. The text is formatted for use in a three-ring binder so that you will be able to use it easily, and add updates as they become available.   

There are many other websites that also provide information and planning guides for people to use in preparing for a possible influenza pandemic.1 This e-Book presents a unique and different approach to coping with pandemic influenza. The major theme is that people need to learn how to care for the sick without relying on health care systems that may not be functioning during a pandemic. State pandemic plans suggest that sick people should contact their physician by phone, the emergency room, or other health care facilities for information and specific services. However, during a pandemic, urgent care facilities, health departments, physicians’ offices and emergency rooms are likely to be overwhelmed with increased numbers of people seeking health care.2 During a pandemic, sick people may not be able to reach a physician or hospital or their Emergency Medical System (EMS). Families and communities may be directed to “stay home” because of overcrowded emergency rooms. This means that people will need to be prepared to take care of the sick at home. 

1 United States Department of Health and Human Services., One-Stop Access to U.S. Government Avian and Pandemic Flu Information. Washington, D.C. accessed 6 Apr. 2008.

2 Phillips, S. J. and A. Knebel, eds. Mass Medical Care with Scarce Resources: A Community Planning Guide. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 2007. accessed 6 Apr. 2008.

Why We Wrote Pandemic Flu Home CareExtending information from national and state pandemic flu plans to include practical home care guidelines
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